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The power of positivity can change lives. Especially if it's a personal story that can be passed on. This Bronson Positivity site is a way to share your Bronson Positivity experience with others who can really benefit from it. Take a look at some inspiring stories from Bronson patients, families and caregivers. Then start empowering the world by spreading your positivity.

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Dr. Burkhardt gave me back my life.

August 15, 2014

by: Nancy Merrill

I can only say good things about Bronson Battle Creek. it was just last week august 6th 2014 i had a total hip replacment. From my first visit there for Pre screening and meeting others in the same situation as me it helped to ease my mind some. i didnt even know hospitals offered a class on Hip and Knee surgery wow they go out and beyond. and then the pre screening departments were great to my xray tech was very nice to me. now i am not a hard person to get along with either. But when the final day came of surgery i walked in to surgery waiting and it was long they came and got me and my husband and from there out i was theirs no turning back now. i was more relax then i thought and didnt even ask for a I.V. cocktail so i wouldnt run….lol soon they came and wheeled me to the Big white surgery room and soon after that is was la la land for me. soon i was awake and alert pretty good. i even got to eat some toast wow that was great. the next to my room were there i got to see my husband it was nice i made it i did it. they kept me very painfree but at my choice mostly i didnt want to feel goofy even though some people would debate about that one….LOL but you know those nurses i had and the physical therapy people were awesome they would run and jump i think if you asked them to. they were never understaff so there was always 1 out of the 3 there or even if someone went by your room they would stop and see what i needed. thats awesome most places will pass the buck and let someone else get it. i was just very impressed. its been a week now and i am up pretty good still with my walker but i am moving way faster than i started. Hey guess what else ladies on the 2nd day you can have your hair done that was cool. it was a good experience for me there no regrets. and i had a awesome Dr. Joseph Burkhardt and his Assistant Lori Smith i could go on on. Dr. Burkhardt gave me back my life…Thank You

I just wanted to applaud the entire staff I encountered.

August 3, 2014

by: Aaron McElrath

I came into the emergency room this weekend with severe back pain. I just wanted to applaud the entire staff I encountered. Everyone’s bed side manner was great. They were calming and informative. Jessica (my nurse) was especially great. Probably the best nurse I’ve ever had draw my blood…and she made me laugh.

From top to bottom (the RN, the person taking my insurance info, the PA, and the DR), everyone was terrific.


I am in awe daily as an employee, but as a customer I am overcome with admiration of my co-workers for the impact they make every single day.

July 22, 2014

by: Kimberly Hybels

While I have been a nurse at Bronson for many years, it is not until you are in the vulnerable state of being a helpless family member that you can truely appreciate just what we do here at Bronson. My father-in law nearly lost his thumb in June and although his insurance dictates he is supposed to utilize another establishment he always choses Bronson as the quality is uncomparable. He was suffering not only a great amount of pain, but psychological trauma as well. The ER staff, OR staff and IP PACU staff met his every need ensuring his pain was well managed. Jaimie the ER xray tech took special care to minimize further trauma of the thumb and displayed great compassion. Dr. Walbridge took time to listen and discuss the appropriate plan of care. Dr. King was beyond knowledgeable, skilled and his humor was just what my dad needed. In pre-op Sara and Stephanie were attentive and accomodating. The OR staff, Lisa, Dr. Barclay I just can not put into words my appreciation for the personal care they delivered. The IP PACU staff of Elaine, James, and John worked as a brilliant team personifying the values on Bronson Hospital. I am in awe daily as an employee, but as a customer I am overcome with admiration of my co-workers for the impact they make every single day.

Thank you for helping with my friend who has diabetes better understand how to manage her diabetes.

July 20, 2014

by: David Foster

I just wanted to tell Amy Schneider registered dietitian thank you for helping with my friend who has diabetes better understand how to manage her diabetes. Which for Dodie allows her to feel more empowered. Most people don’t realize that Dodie has been blind since birth and these kind of empowering experiences allow her to feel more independent. Thanks again Amy for showing me how to read the label on fresh foods and prepackage food as well. Thanks from Dave a neighbor of Dodie’s.

Tina is a great nurse.

July 18, 2014

by: Robert Miller

My wife had her gall bladder out at Bronson and I came up to stay with her. Surgery went well. Dr. Norman is a great physician. We really liked him. When we got to our room my wife needed to use the bathroom but her nurse was busy. So another nurse, Tina came in and said she was glad to help. When she got back to bed, she got really sick and threw up everywhere. Tina was SO NICE about it all. She got her a washcloth to wash her face and gave her a bucket just in case. Then she disappeared for a minute and came back with a huge armful of stuff. She changed the bed and her gown and cleaned the room up. Then Dr. Norman came in and he was able to give us medicine and that helped right away. They answered our questions and made us feel comfortable. In fact, I was worried at first because we were on an Orthopedic floor and I was wondering if we were put there by mistake. But Tina said she had taken care of many, many gall bladder patients and that made me feel better. We asked if she was going to be our nurse for the rest of the night but she said she was in charge. Before she left though she put her phone number on the marker board so we could call her if we needed to. The next morning she came in again after the lab people couldn’t get her blood. Tina got it in one poke! We should have just called her after the first one missed. But anyway, all this to say she is a great nurse. Thanks!

Convenient, friendly service!

July 17, 2014

by: Olivia Warnock

Lab work at Bronson Vicksburg was convenient and painless! Receptionists and technician were all friendly! Mammogram at Bronson @ Woodbridge on the same day provided a similar experience…convenient, friendly service!

Visited Bronson Battle Creek for outpatient surgery today – and it was GREAT!

July 16, 2014

by: KC Crawford

Visited Bronson Battle Creek for outpatient surgery today – and it was GREAT! Smooth registration process. Comfortable surgery waiting room. Excellent nurses for pre-op, operating room and recovery. Strong surgeon. Even the volunteer who assisted with my departure was terrific; said she had been helping at the hospital for more than 30-years! Thank You!

I will recommend him to all my friends in the future.

July 7, 2014

by: Larissa Storoshenko

I was referred to Dr. Trillet by my primary physician for an abnormal Pap result. I saw Dr. Trillet for biopsy and he was the most kind and gentle ob/gyn I have ever worked with. I felt relaxed and cared for instead of anxious and afraid. I will recommend him to all my friends in the future.

Thank you so much for the great care I received .

June 14, 2014

by: Christi Marsh

I had my tonsils and adenoids taken out yesterday and found the nurses and staff to be amazing. My first surgery and hospital stay was 4 years ago when it was still Battle Creek Health System. The nurses were ok but I found this time around was they were very caring and gentle. My first experience (when it was BCHS) with getting a IV line was horrible. I have deep veins and I had 20 nurses and doctors trying to get it in. And then once I was in the operating room going under was scary cuz I suddenly couldn’t breathe.

This surgery (now BBC) my first nurse – nurse Brisly – listened to everything I said and heard when I wanted to IV put in on my right instead of my left since I sleep on that side. She was able to get the IV in on the first try and I have only a little bruise now. Once I was taken to the operating room, they explained everything they were going to do, they were gentle in getting me where I needed to be on the table. And they put the oxygen mask on me as I drifted off to sleep so I did not choke. The surgery probably only took 20 mins. Being in recovery was rough but this time I was being kept under the meds. The nurse in recovery was very attentive and told me things were normal. This is will be a very rough recovery for me, but the staff here made my surgery so easy and very pleasant despite my pain now. Dr. Castro was my surgeon and he was amazing. I don’t have all the names but anyone who worked in surgical ward yesterday morning should be praised. They made a very scared 28-year-old have a good memory of surgery now. Thank you so much for the great care I received yesterday-June 12th.

Wonderful, caring and competent care

June 12, 2014

by: Don Emerson II

My mother-in-law, Caroline Kemppainen, had a stroke last Sunday evening June 1st. She became aphasic, and we immediately call 911. From the neurologist Dr. Ashman to all the nurses, aides, and NP (Glenn) on NCCU and NVU, she has received remarkable care and attention to her needs. I’d like to especially recognize Michelle, one of Bronson’s newest MSNs. She educated us and was an exceptional advocate for her patient. My wife’s mother was fortunate to have such wonderful, caring, and competent care.