Saint Luke's Stories

Retired science teacher, cup-half-full seeker, breast cancer patient
The statistic is sobering: One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Ruby Walker was 47 years old when a doctor discovered a lump during a wellness exam.
STAR Program®: Rehab Helps Cancer Patient get Back in the Game

Surviving cancer wasn’t an ambitious enough goal for Rebecca Johnson. The Children’s Mercy Hospital psychologist wanted her energy back.

Dogs On Call: Canines Bring Comfort and Joy to Saint Luke’s Hospice House
An Australian shepherd/boxer mix, Molly is one of the pet therapy pooches that—along with her human, Alexis Martin—elevate spirits around Saint Luke’s Hospice House.
School Project May Have Saved Student’s Life, Thanks to Saint Luke’s
Like most high school seniors, Samsson Destahun was more interested in sports than health care. Hear how a school project may have saved his life and given him more interest in health care at the same time.
ECMO saves mans life after battling influenza
Since 2009, Saint Luke’s has used Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to save the lives of more than 95 people who were facing cardiac or respiratory failure.
TAVR: Sisters get Innovative Treatment at Saint Luke’s
Saint Luke’s dedication to research means more patients have alternatives to care—like Hilda Lankard and Agnes Lickteig.
Special screening uncovers potentially fatal problem in a ‘healthy’ young executive
Joel DeBoer could have been a model for a fitness ad. The active father of three teenagers felt great and enjoyed biking, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing with his family.
ECMO helps save woman until heart transplant
ECMO is used for patients with life-threatening heart or lung disease or damage.
ECMO helps save mother after giving birth
ECMO is used for patients with life-threatening heart or lung disease or damage. Saint Luke's has used ECMO since 2009.