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LPN and Barton Nursing student Kristin Wondra, left, Pat Kottas and CNA and Barton Nursing student Anissa Widiger pose in a nursing laboratory on the Barton Community College Campus.

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Pat Kottas needed both knees replaced. The years of his youth spent crouched as a baseball catcher and playing football coupled with the subsequent years of chasing his kids around, coaching their sports teams and climbing multiple sets of stairs daily at work, had left him unable to stand up straight. After some badgering from his family, which included Barton Community College’s Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs Dr. Kathy Kottas, the time had come for him to bite the bullet and succumb to his bilateral knee replacement surgery on Dec. 13, 2013.
Upon waking up in post-op ...

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