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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

“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

Transplanting Patients and Saving Lives Across Texas

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Jun 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Frances Bussey (pictured center) enjoys renewed energy and life with her husband and granddaughter in east Texas.

People travel far and wide for great medical care; there’s even a new term called ‘medical tourism’ where cities and healthcare systems spend money to bring patients there. That was never the intention of The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. It opened nine satellite clinics across Texas to meet the needs of patients in those communities because their access to specialized care was so limited. Beyond those city limits, transplant patients have traveled from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Puerto Rico for the top-notch care. They say ‘good news travels fast’ and the staff at The Liver Institute can attest to just that. The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical Center performs more than 50 liver transplants per year, and continues to have the best outcomes in the Dallas area. According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, patients transplanted at Methodist Dallas are more likely to survive and thrive a year after their liver transplants than any other hospital in Dallas.

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Topics: Wellness, Profiles

Attend Methodist Mansfield’s Mosquito Season Forum

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on Jun 6, 2016 4:06:18 PM

So much rain, so many mosquitoes. They may not be swarming around us yet, but the bug experts say they will be soon. We’re used to swatting away the little buggers every summer, but this summer, they pose an additional risk: Zika.

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Topics: Events, Wellness

Urgent Care for Families On the Go

Posted by Calvert Collins-Bratton on May 11, 2016 10:27:50 AM

Methodist Urgent Care centers treat both parents and children

I don’t know if it’s Murphy’s law or it’s just my bad luck, but every time I’ve been sick in recent years, I couldn’t get in to see my doctor. I’ve heard this same sentiment from other mom friends balancing busy work schedules with hectic family lives. It’s probably the main reason I’ve ended up at an urgent care. As a child growing up in Dallas, my mother relied on urgent care centers so much that she thought she had the flu and came to find out she was pregnant…with me! The medical staff was on a first name basis with her, so clearly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in our family.

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Topics: Wellness

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