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Calvert Collins-Bratton

Calvert Collins-Bratton spent ten years on TV as a broadcast journalist in Columbia, Missouri, Omaha, Las Vegas, and Dallas-Fort Worth. She recently joined Methodist Health System as the Public Relations Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and enjoys traveling, walking, watching football (especially her Mizzou Tigers) and spending time with her husband and toddler daughter, Vivienne.

Recent Posts

A Heart For Service

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on May 24, 2017 10:13:29 AM

Methodist Dallas’s longest-serving surgery tech can’t imagine life without helping patients and co-workers.

328 miles separates Kelly, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas, but the two places might as well be worlds apart. The tiny community in rural Louisiana does have something in common with an urban hospital in the heart of Dallas: Alice Madden.

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Topics: Cardiology

ZIKA: Where are we now?

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on May 19, 2017 9:21:24 AM

It has been two years since a Zika virus outbreak and its link to birth defects in Brazil made international headlines – prompting travel warnings. Since then, Zika has landed in Texas with six cases of local mosquito transmission to humans in far southern portions of the state. While no current evidence that suggests this year will be any worse than last year, Zika does remain a concern.

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Topics: Wellness, News

Could menopausal symptoms be hiding a thyroid condition?

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Mar 10, 2017 8:04:00 AM

You’re a middle-aged woman. You’re tired all the time and have trouble sleeping. You’re gaining weight, plagued with hot flashes, and your menstrual cycle is irregular. You might assume you’re going through menopause. But could it be something else?

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Topics: Wellness

“Seasonal” Allergies Can Be Year Round

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Feb 2, 2017 2:08:51 PM

If you suffer from sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and congestion, you may be one of the 40 million people in the United States with seasonal allergies. 

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Topics: Wellness

The Faces of Hope prove beating pancreatic cancer is possible

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Jan 18, 2017 4:44:28 PM

It has long been considered a death sentence. Despite the number of cancer deaths decreasing nationwide, pancreatic cancer is poised to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death by the year 2030. Even worse, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research reports 93% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis, only 8% will survive more than five years.

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Topics: Methodist Culture

From Dallas to Japan, One Doctor Takes His Talents Overseas

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Dec 13, 2016 9:19:17 AM

Amit Guttigoli, MD, really likes gadgets. One in particular caught his interest and passion. He’s become such a fan that he now trains doctors on two continents how to use it.

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Topics: Profiles, Cardiology

Allergic to School or Work? Not Really. It’s Most Likely Fall Allergies.

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Sep 22, 2016 7:30:00 AM

September seems to be one of the worst months for nasal allergies, also known as hay fever. Blame it on the seasons changing, but the coughing, sneezing and eye itching always seems to flare up in the fall.

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Topics: Wellness

The Wait is Over: A Kidney Transplant After 24 Years

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Sep 20, 2016 7:30:00 AM

People are impatient; we are always in a hurry and we rarely pause. To work, to school, to anywhere we are going. We also want immediate answers. Cesar Duran didn’t have the good fortune of having an answer at the touch of a smartphone or at the speed of his accelerator. The Puerto Rico native waited 24 years for a new kidney. It’s a feat doctors rarely see.

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Topics: Profiles

A New Choice For a New Valve

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Sep 1, 2016 7:30:00 AM

No one wants a leaky valve; in their bathroom, in their car, and certainly not in their heart. Damaged or leaky valves can be very problematic, especially since there are four of them in your heart. When the aortic valve leading to your major artery narrows, a condition called aortic valve stenosis develops and it can lead to heart failure if not treated.

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Topics: Cardiology

Is Your Kid's Backpack Causing a Backache?

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Aug 23, 2016 7:30:00 AM

A new backpack is likely high on the back to school shopping list. They’re not just functional, but fashionable and a critical piece to your child’s success at school. Sometimes the large, colorful, trendy bags can set your young student up for failure creating long-term problems with their posture and spine.

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Topics: Back2School

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