Special interests include diabetes, asthma and obesity. Pediatric diabetes services include: insulin pump downloads and adjustments; quarterly provider visits; patient and family education and counseling; consultations for new Juvenile Diabetes/Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM) patients; collaboration with MercyCare Diabetes Center; primary pediatric and/or pediatric diabetes specialty care.
Mercy's Bicentennial Baby
Sara Goslin Neff, ARNP, was Mercy's bicentennial baby! The U.S. bicentennial on July 4, 1976, was the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Although she was born in the early morning of July 5, 1976, Sara was the closest to the 4th of July in the bicentennial year, earning her lots of attention. Mercy dedicated its then-monthly publication to her, which also featured Tom Seabrook, the oldest living person born at Mercy (1906) at the time. It was later reprinted in The Gazette.
The article focused on the medical developments Tom had seen during his lifetime, including the introduction of antibiotics, development of X-rays, widespread use of anesthesia, transplant operations and total joint replacements. The writer wondered, "Will Sara's lifetime bring a bionic person? A cure for cancer?"
Not yet, although the article also touched on pediatric diabetes, which is now one of Sara's specialties.
"Sara's children, if they have diabetes, may not face possible blindness because of the disease, which (ophthalmologist) Dr. (John) Puk says is the number one cause of blindness," they wrote in 1976.
Now, "Pediatric diabetes patients still face many medical hardships, including complications of vision, but blindness among children with diabetes is not seen," Sara said.
Read the entire 1976 article (PDF).