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Uncharted Territory - Alumni Seek Breakthroughs in Health Care

By Clint Kelly ( and Hannah Notess (

In a world that longs for healing, Seattle Pacific University alumni have found places where, as author and theologian Frederick Buechner put it, their "deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." And some are using their individual interests, knowledge, and skills to find solutions to our most pressing health care challenges.

Solving these problems doesn't necessarily involve stethoscopes or petri dishes. It can mean developing a computer program or planning a party. It can mean listening closely to veterans' stories of war, or enabling a deaf patient to hear for the first time. It can mean helping the body perform under extreme physical stress, or enabling new nurses to thrive in a demanding workplace.

These seven alumni — from recent graduates to those with decades of experience — have one goal in mind: They want to help improve the quality of care for the future.