Thursday, December 19, 2013
Written by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care
2013, like the year before it, was a year full of stories about amazing doctors, nurses and other medical staff who are extraordinary in not only what they do within the walls of the hospital, but are involved in so many other interesting pursuits in their personal lives. These stories took us all over, from the wilderness of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, to the desert roads of Israel. Our hearts were warmed by the golden retriever loving nurses Joanne Kroesen and her sister, Debbie Coningsby, and Christie Grafford, whose array of exotic pets put her in fine company with Ellie May Clampet of the Beverly Hillbillies. Two ophthalmology surgeons inspired us as they overcame fear of heights to climb a mountain and Oliver Smithies, a Nobel Laureate, shared wisdom and insight from the cockpit of his glider plane.
There were so many wonderful stories, but one particularly memorable story featured the team on the Bone Marrow Transplant unit who participated in the Spartan Race together, building morale on their floor as their patients walked laps on the hall to support the team as they surmounted a challenging obstacle course! That piece, and another story from late 2012, are nominated by the 2013 Midsouth Regional Emmy awards. Winners will be announced at the end of January, 2014.
As a producer for Real Doctors, Real People and RN: Real Nurses, there isn’t a shoot that goes by where I’m not left standing in amazement at the passion and dedication I see throughout the UNC Hospitals. It’s been a wonderful journey that started in 2010 with the very first episode of real doctors, real people featuring pilot James Yankaskas. As we look into the future of storytelling at UNC Health Care, we’re excited to see things evolve. In the coming year, we’ll see more of the same types of surprising and exciting stories, with perhaps a turn in a new direction toward our amazing patients who make what we do worth it every day. We hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen so far, and will join us again next year as we explore the next evolution of storytelling that we’re calling, Real Medicine: Stories that Connect.