Author Archives: Valerie Hawkins

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OSF Heart Surgery Patient Turns Volunteer

Ken Masuda of Chenoa, Ill., had a four vessel coronary artery bypass on October 31, 2013, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Prior to his surgery, Ken was a healthy 74-year-old who exercised every day, and ran many Hawaii marathons between his early forties and mid-sixties. He had no prior history of heart issues, but […]

Just a Call Away: Communication Specialists

You used to know them as the switchboard operators when they were still connecting phone lines with wires. But with some new changes, they are now the communication specialists. You’ve heard their voices overhead, and they are here 24/7, but we hardly see them. “I used to think, how hard can it be to answer […]