What’s the best true story you’ve ever heard? Award-winning Bedside Stories highlights captivating and emotionally compelling personal experiences that take place behind the scenes in health care. These short but unforgettable episodes bring listeners up close to a variety of inspiring successes, unexpected challenges and incredible moments with patients, medical staff and volunteers.
Narrator Corey Schubert has dedicated his career to storytelling. He’s a public relations senior specialist for Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country.
Episode 17: Weird Science
Forty-three-year-old Nicole DiCamillo of Arizona has stage 4 cancer – and she feels absolutely the best and happiest she’s been in years. If that sounds odd and unexpected, we’re just getting started in this episode on the strange, fascinating world of radiation treatment and nuclear medicine.
Episode 16: Robot Cookies
When Janice Cmeyla sought help for difficulty breathing, she had no idea that would involve a “three-armed surgeon” – or that major breakthroughs in new technology would save her months of treatment and recovery.
Episode 15: Let Them Know
A hospice music therapist and a 37-year-old Phoenix woman with terminal cancer spent four months creating deeply personal music, as a legacy for the patient to leave her family. One of the powerful songs features her heartbeat as a rhythmic part of the track.
Episode 14: Her Greatest Strength
Deanna Spizzirri’s diagnosis with one of the most severe cases of Tourette’s syndrome didn’t stop her from becoming an elementary school teacher, and helping other patients learn to manage their tics and enjoy life. She shares her highs and lows with us, and we speak to a Banner doctor who has Tourette’s and treats patients with the disorder.
Episode 13: The Flashlight Option
Patient Kim Alten’s annual mammogram led to an option to have genetic testing for cancer, which can help determine whether someone – and their family – has a higher risk of developing certain cancers, and passing some genetic disorders to their children. We spoke with Kim and our experts to learn more.
(Episode was recorded in February 2020.)
Episode 12: The Speed Bump
Thirteen-year-old Ben Zaccardi took a ride around the block on his dirt bike that ended with him hurling into a cinder block wall, demolishing his body. But his story has a happy ending, as thousands of people have cheered on the upbeat boy through every milestone of his unexpected recovery.
Corey is a great storyteller
Bedside Stories is compelling and heartwarming. Our health care workers do such an amazing job at Banner Health, but our patients are why we do what we do. Bravo and cheers to season 2!
Wow! Great stories.
People usually have brief interactions with hospitals and doctors. You’d never know what goes on behind the scenes if it weren’t for this podcast. Incredible stories.