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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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I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed such peace and quiet.

August 26, 2014

by: Stephanie Sampson

I was training for a half marathon with my daughter when my knee pain became unbearable. I went to see Joseph Burkhardt, DO, an orthopedic surgeon at Bronson Orthopedic Specialists. X-rays revealed my knee cartilage was completely gone. I’m young for a knee replacement, but there was no other option. I’m a mother of six. Life is hectic. I’m always looking after everyone. Now I was the one being looked after. The nurses are so dedicated. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed such peace and quiet. Although Joint Camp was tough I had the support I needed to flourish. Dr. Burkhardt told me that when he saw the damage to my knee during surgery he couldn’t believe how long I put up with it. I just hope others experiencing this severe level of pain realize they can get help, too.

I am so grateful that when you have to go through a situation like that with your child, that the Doctors and Nurses go the extra step to make them feel as comfortable as they can.

August 24, 2014

by: Debbie Galvan

My 7 year old daughter broke her arm in July, it was a severe break and dislocation. We started our journey at Bronson Lakeview in Paw Paw, the staff were wonderful in taking care of her and our needs, from there we had to take a ambulance ride to Bronson in Kalamazoo. Once there that staff was also wonderful. She had to have surgery that night and Dr. King was called in for that. He was very caring and talked to her and us and made sure we understood everything that was taking place. My daughter has a stuffed bear that she has had since birth and takes everywhere, after surgery they had made sure the bear had a splint too match my daughters so she wouldn’t feel alone. Fast forward a month and she had to have another procedure to remove the pins in her elbow, once again the staff at Bronson Kalamazoo were wonderful from start to finish. Once again they gave the bear a gown and cap so he could go to surgery with her. Dr. King did a fantastic job. I am so grateful that when you have to go through a situation like that with your child, that the Doctors and Nurses go the extra step to make them feel as comfortable as they can. It wouldn’t let me upload the picture with the bear but I know she will never forget the experience at Bronson. Thank you!

August 23, 2014

by: Lisa Thomas

My daughter had her tonsils and adenoids removed on august 15. She is only 5yrs old and scared but the surgical nurses made her feel comfortable. They were so nice and gentle with her. She brought her bear with her and gave her bear a hat and mask and her very own blood pressure cuff. It was very cute. I wasn’t scared or nervous for my daughter just because they made her feel welcomed. Again thank you for the awsome care she got!

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.

Aaron

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!