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Rebecca Rundlett, M.D. FACC

Paying Close Attention to Heart Disease in Women


What should our focus be as women: grandmothers, mothers, wives, careerwomen, businesswomen, daughters, graduate students, college students. Yes, all of these women–different ages, stages in life, roles to fulfill, duties to perform— have some things in common. All may be at risk for heart disease, and all may not be aware of their personal risk. As the school year, academic year, and autumn activities get back into full swing, we need to remember to focus on the basics. The factors that contribute to the risk for and development of cardiovascular disease also form the basis of preventative strategies. These strategies have been developed over decades of research and experience in the treatment and prevention of coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Men and depression


Statistically speaking, women tend to seek out therapy more than men for anxiety, depression, relationship challenges and more. Men are more likely to try to work things out on their own – that is, they may not talk about their problems openly with others. Often, men can interpret mental health issues as a sign of weakness and may avoid seeking help. Women and men process life events differently – neither way is wrong or bad – just different. But men do suffer from mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, just as women do. According to the website Helpguide, there are some differences in how men and women experience depression, and, therefore, their symptoms are different. I thought the … Continue reading

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Patient Stories

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Patient Stories

Gina Hasse packs a lot into every day. Between family and work, she has a full schedule. Gina didn’t have time for a little stomach pain – but medical emergencies are never convenient. “I was having pain but I didn’t think it was anything serious”, said Gina. But it was very serious. An x-ray uncovered an ovarian cyst the size of a volleyball. Women’s Health Specialist Dr. Jeffrey Stearnes with Alegent Creighton Clinic knew the cyst had to come out. Gina also needed a hysterectomy. “In the past we would have made a large abdominal incision”, Dr. Stearnes said. That’s what Gina was afraid of – a large incision with significant down time. She had no idea Dr. Stearnes could … Continue reading

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Jen Homann

Meet the Docs: Cummins, Jurgensen and Ryder


It’s exciting any time we get to introduce you to a new physician with Alegent Health Clinic – but the three I’m about to show you come with an impressive set of resumes. James Cummins, M.D., William Jurgensen, M.D., and Benjamin Ryder, M.D., are all familiar names throughout the area – likely because they’ve cared for the women of Omaha for a combined total of 83 years. Or, to put it in different terms, the last time all three of them weren’t practicing around here, Wilson Phillips was topping the charts (and Milli Vanilli still had a Grammy). Let’s meet this impressive trio: Watch this video introduction to learn more about Dr. Cummins Dr. James Cummins is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist … Continue reading

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CHI Health

The “Ta-ta Sisterhood”

Patient Stories

Our “Ta-Ta Sisterhood” is a group of 10 wonderful women who made the trek in October together, to have their annual mammograms at Mercy Hospital’s Mammogram Suite. Our group “leader” Jannine thought of the idea 2 years ago when she invited 4 of us to join her. She gathered our information and made the appointments so that we would could be seen one after the other. We all know that going to get your mammogram isn’t something you necessarily look forward to, so her idea of making it a fun “girls’ day out” made it sound a little more appealing! Last year’s outing was so fun, that our original group of 5 doubled in size to 10 women this year, ranging in age from 40 to 70!  To … Continue reading

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