A Day in the Life at UNMC

How the PR department “pulled one over” on Tom O’Connor


UNMC’s Tom O’Connor and his wife, Karen I found out a month ago that Tom O’Connor, senior associate director in public relations here at UNMC, was chosen to receive the “Special Achievement in Public Relations” award at the PRSA Nebraska gala on Dec. 4 But there was one caveat. Organizers wanted it to be a surprise. Our department had to keep it a secret from… Continue Reading

Man Raising Awareness for Organ Donation Stumbles Upon UNMC


Don Erickson was walking down Leavenworth Street on Thursday morning when he looked up and saw three words that made him stop. Lied Transplant Center. You see, Erickson wasn’t just out for a stroll in Omaha. The 55-year-old is on a trek across the country. By foot. He’s walking the approximately 3,300 miles to raise awareness for organ donation. A good friend’s brother died after… Continue Reading

Power Wheels to Makeshift Power Wheelchairs


The idea of modifying cars is not a new one. Just look at reality shows like “Trick My Truck.”  But the concept of adapting toy cars for children with disabilities? Now, that’s novel. That’s exactly what happened at the Center for Healthy Living last month. Fifty area physical therapists broke out the power tools and listened to national early mobility expert Cole Galloway, Ph.D., from… Continue Reading

Observations in the DOC

A few Fridays ago, I headed up the hill for lunch with plans of assembling a healthy salad just a few hours prior to my glucose test for gestational diabetes and routine doctor’s appointment. That was before I found out it was “create your own mac and cheese” day. Salad, schmalad. I got in line for the M&C. As I shoved my face full of… Continue Reading