The Person Within is a series of life stories to remind us of the importance of what we do every single day and the sacredness of our work at United Regional.



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Episode 16 – Stephanie McDonell

In this episode of THE PERSON WITHIN, you will hear from Stephanie McDonell, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at United Regional, who bravely battled breast cancer detected during her annual mammogram early in 2023.

Stephanie, thank you for courageously sharing your story and inspiring women to get their yearly mammogram. To schedule your mammogram visit MyChart: mychart.unitedregional.org

Episode 15 – David Lotter

This is the story of David Lotter, a United Regional employee who suffered a heart attack while on duty. David’s Friday started like any other, and if not for the rapid, professional, and well-trained team response he received from his fellow employees, it could have been his last.

Episode 14 – Walter Boren

Today you will hear from Walter Boren, his wife Lanita and Dr. Jason Hoffman as they chronicle Walter’s incredible journey from a life of chronic pain and immobility in a knee brace, to regaining the ability to walk again pain free.

Episode 13 – Toby Hasten
Today you will hear from the family and care team of Toby Hasten. Even in the presence of excellent care, sometimes we are faced with insurmountable obstacles. Today’s story shares the heart of a team who showed honor and love to their patient, his fiancé, and his family in his last moments.

Episode 12 – Angela Flax
When Angela Flax was looking for a career opportunity that offered her support and a positive team environment, she found it at United Regional.

Episode 11 – Connie Toby
Connie Toby arrived at the Emergency Department just in time to receive life-saving care at United Regional. Watch as Connie and her husband, Mike, share their incredible experience.

Episode 10 – Corbin Flinn
When 13-year-old Corbin Flinn came to CarePlus with unexplained leg pain, the quick thinking of a provider led to the discovery of blood clots that caused debilitating pain and negatively impacted his quality of life. Thanks to the care he received from the CarePlus team, Corbin now lives pain-free.

Episode 9 – Jeff Waldmuller
On this episode hear the inspirational story of Jeff Waldmuller, who faced one of the most difficult situations and decisions imaginable, and yet through it all found his true calling in life.

Episode 8 – Elijah the Comfort Dog
To say that it has been hard times in health care recently would be an understatement. It moments like these, the small things can make a big difference. Elijah the Comfort Dog is one such example.

Episode 7 – Hotter’N Hell Hundred 2021
Thank you to all our United Regional volunteers who help to make the Hotter’N Hell Hundred events successful each and every year!

Episode 6 – Mike Oswald
In this episode, you’re going to hear the story of Mike Oswald and how a new cardiac procedure called TAVR gave him and his wife a new lease on life.

Episode 5 – Church Without Walls
Dwayne McKee shares his story of serving our community beyond the walls of United Regional through Church Without Walls. Along with other church leaders, Dwayne has made a lasting impact by caring for the spiritual needs of the homeless. As a United Regional employee, you’re truly making a positive difference in the lives of others, even while you’re away from our facilities.

Episode 4 – Maria Ramos
We are honored to share with you the latest “The Person Within” story which highlights a very special patient — Maria Ramos, her loving family, and the amazing United Regional staff who cared for them.

Episode 3 – Lawrence Gilbert
Mr. Lawrence Gilbert shares his story of finding himself in an unfamiliar city being rushed via ambulance to the emergency room and how it was both the care and caring he received that saved his life.

Episode 2 – Doris Smith
Doris Smith, a United Regional employee, shares a powerful story of her family and their experience with health care. In the midst of a tragedy of losing her great-niece Shakya, Doris’ family received a true blessing in the birth of Shakya’s son, Shakari Legend Smith.

Episode 1 – Y’Velle Ray

Y’velle, a flight attendant from NYC, was the first hospitalized COVID-19 patient in Wichita Falls, Texas. Watch her powerful testimonial as she reflects on the 22 days she was at United Regional.