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StoryCorps' mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. The UVM Medical Center partnered with StoryCorps to record the personal stories of our patients, families, physicians, nurses and staff. We will continue to add stories to this page through 2015.

Keeping Information Secure, from Iraq to Burlington

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Heather Roszkowski and her husband, Joe Roszkowski, discuss how Heather’s Army training and experience prepared her to keep patient information safe as UVM Medical Center’s Chief Information Security Officer.


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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at UVM Medical Center

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Ann Young (L) shares with Monique Citro the story of how she began working in central sterile reprocessing at UVM Medical Center. They discuss how they both became recycling champions, helping to create a program that reprocessed 11 tons of plastic packaging in 2015. This packaging, known as “blue wrap” was previously sent to the landfill.


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A Nurse and a Mom Become Friends through Caregiving

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Stephanie Glock (L) and Jamie Cudney, RN, share how their care journey became a friendship over the years that Cudney cared for Glock’s son, Travis. Travis was born with a rare genetic condition called Hurler-Scheie Syndrome, also known as MPS type 1.


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Two Surgeons Look Back on Their Clinical Careers

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Phil Mead, MD (L) and John Brumsted, MD, look back at their careers in Vermont and reminisce about Mead’s mentorship of Brumsted, who is now the chief executive officer of the UVM Health Network. They also talk about why Brumsted applied to UVM for medical school and Mead’s work in standardizing infection prevention practices in obstetrics and gynecology.


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A Long and Challenging Journey to Becoming a Family

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Alanna Shanley and Jason Golder remember their three-year journey to starting a family and the surprises and challenges along the way. Their story includes Shanley having to deliver twins at 30 weeks due to preeclampsia, a condition that raises the mother’s blood pressure to potentially dangerous levels.


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Security and Safety in Health Care

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Jeffrey Spaulding (L) and Jack Conry discuss the misperceptions about the role of security at the UVM Medical Center and the challenges and rewards of helping patients and families during difficult times.


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Getting the Band Together for a Cause

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McKenna Lee and Charlie Miceli, chief supply chain officer for the UVM Health Network, discuss their band, McKenna Lee and the Microfixers, and how they travel and perform to raise funds for the UVM Children’s Hospital and other local non-profit organizations.


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Giving Back as a Volunteer

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Julie Cohen Sloma, communications strategist (R), speaks with Anna Deller about why she volunteers for the UVM Medical Center and her long history of volunteering for other Burlington-area organizations.


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Helping Children Cope with Illness

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Callie Moore (L) and Ali Waltien share their work with children who are patients at UVM Children’s Hospital and children whose family members are patients at UVM Medical Center and UVM Cancer Center. As certified child life specialists, Moore and Waltien support children and families as they navigate the challenges of receiving diagnoses and medical care.


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When Breast Cancer Hits Home

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Bridget Hemm and Curtiss Hemm talk about the day that Bridget found out she had breast cancer – and their experience with caregivers and treatment at UVM Medical Center.


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Food As Medicine

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Alicia Jacobs, MD (L) and Diane Imrie, RD discuss their collaborations on nutrition in health care, including Health Care Shares. Created in partnership with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), Health Care Shares provides free vegetables, nutrition education and cooking tips to lower income patients at primary care clinics in Colchester, South Burlington and Milton. The produce is grown, harvested and delivered by the VYCC.


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Bringing Care and Comfort to New Americans

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Cathy Kelley, LICSW (L) and Andrea Green, MD, talk about their work as caregivers for New American families, many of whom have been through traumatic experiences without regular health care before arriving in the United States.


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Two Physicians Who Became Grateful Patients

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David Halsey, MD (L) and Frank Ittleman, MD – close friends and physicians at UVM Medical Center – recall their experiences being treated for life-threatening conditions – and their appreciation for the medical staff that provided their care.


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Being a Kid in the Hospital

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Danielle Morse (L), 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion, and Madison McKinley, 2015 University of Vermont Rallython Co-Chair, share their experiences being treated at UVM Children’s Hospital. They talk about how their life-threatening conditions changed their perspectives on life and why they now work to raise funds and awareness for the UVM Children’s Hospital.


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A Near-Death Experience with H1N1

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Terese Daigle, RN, and Jason Kirchick remember the two months he was in an induced coma after contracting the H1N1 virus – and the extraordinary moment when everything changed.


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Living with a Rare Disease and Giving Back

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Abigail Goodrich (L) and her mother, Leslie Goodrich (not pictured), discuss Abigail’s rare congenital condition and her many prolonged hospitalizations and multiple organ transplants with her physician, Ann Guillot, MD. They also share how Abigail helped Dr. Guillot to teach medical students about her condition throughout her childhood and how she has become a successful adult.


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When a Diagnosis Leads to Action

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Angela Applebee, MD, director, MS Center of Northern New England and assistant professor, Larner College of Medicine at UVM, (L) speaks with Laura Palasciano, staff assistant, Nursing Administration, about that moment when Laura was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and what it's like to help others cope with a complex disease that many people don't understand.


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Making the Decision to Become a Physician

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Lewis First, MD, chair of Pediatrics and professor, the Larner College of Medicine at UVM; and Rachel Cohen, MD, chief resident, Pediatrics, discuss how and why they became physicians, including Dr. First's choice to become a pediatrician instead of an obstetrician - a common calling in his family.


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Colleagues Surviving Cancer

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Kathy McBeth, PSYCH-MA (L) and Patti O’Brien, MD, share their experiences of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival as health care providers - and how their families lived through cancer with them.


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Heart Surgery While Eight Months Pregnant

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Shawnnalea and Shaun Zemanek describe the shock they went through when Shawnnalea collapsed while eight months pregnant, only to find out she had prolonged QT - a potentially fatal heart condition that required surgery.


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Recovering from Cardiac Death

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Michelle Johnston (L) talks with Mary Cushman, MD, medical director, Thrombosis & Hemostasis Program, and professor, the Larner College of Medicine at UVM, about coming back from cardiac death and Mary's path to becoming a heart disease researcher and educator.


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Two Mothers Bond in the NICU

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Ayla Landry (L) talks with her son's NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) nurse, Andrea Parker, RN, about their premature children and the special relationship that formed between them because of their shared NICU experiences.


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