A Busy ER Doctor Slows Down To Help Patients Cope With Pain

Alaska Public Radio's Annie Feidt, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: "Dr. Linda Smith walks into a room at Providence Alaska Medical Center, ready with a stethoscope and a huge grin. She teases her patient, Dawn Dillard, saying that her spiky hair recently resembled a 'faux hawk.' Dillard found out she had uterine cancer a year ago. Her oncologist gave her a year to live. The 57-year-old has beaten those odds, but now her kidneys are failing. After the laughs are over, Smith sits down on the edge of Dillard's bed, leans in, and starts talking about a surgical procedure to help her kidneys" (Feidt, 7/5). Read the story.

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