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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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The power of Bronson Positivity is an amazing thing!

April 2, 2015

by: Grant Fletcher

After narrowly failing to qualify for the Boston Marathon in the spring of 2012, I found myself suffering from severe lower back and right leg pain. Diagnosed in November of 2012, by the most thorough and thoughtful team of doctors that I have ever encountered, with a herniated L5-S1 disc, I was not optimistic about my chances of returning to running, let alone qualifying for the Boston, a goal and dream I have been chasing since I began running in 1999.

Dr. Kilmer was my initial point of contact with Bronson’s Neuroscience Center. She quickly identified the source of my pain and offered several options for next steps in care. Her thoughtful and deliberate decision to start with physical therapy, in hopes of avoiding surgery allowed me time to better understand my injury and pain, as well as allow me much needed time to consider the implications of back surgery (which is a scary concept the first time you hear it). She was certain at every step of the process to be sure that I understood what was happening and what each option entailed.

After some failed attempts at physical therapy, in January of 2013, the determination was made to proceed with a partial laminectomy. I felt comfortable and confident with my ultimate decision to proceed with surgery, due largely to Dr. Kilmer’s initial willingness and ability to patiently explain and educate me throughout my experience. Every moment of my hospital experience was an absolute pleasure. Each and every doctor, nurse, and support staff team member that I encountered was kind, thoughtful and pleasant. The procedure was a breeze and I experienced near immediate relief from my symptoms.

Several months following my surgery, performed by the graceful and precise hands of Dr. Wiggins, I was off and running again (probably against their recommendation, please don’t tell on me). One year later, in the summer of 2014, I successfully checked two lifetime goals off of my bucket list: qualifying for the Boston Marathon, and breaking the three hour mark. Still in the youngest and fastest age bracket, I qualified with a personal best marathon time of 2:57.

I am confident that I would not have been able to accomplish this without the caring hands that attended to me during my procedure at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Thank you to every member of the team who cared for me. The power of Bronson Positivity is an amazing thing!

Everything taken care of in the same day

April 1, 2015

by: Deb Lang

After finding a sore and suspicious lump on a Thursday night I called the Bronson OB/GYN office on Centre Street at 8am on Friday morning. The nurse was so understanding and kind-sensing my fear I’m sure, she worked me in that day for a 1:30 appointment with Lindsay. Although Lindsay was not overly alarmed after the examination, she got me scheduled right away at 2:30 downtown at the Bronson Center for Women for an ultra sound so we would know immediately what was going on. As usual the staff there were prompt, caring and compassionate. The technician explained everything she was seeing (and not seeing) and had the doctor in for further examination and consult. I felt so relieved when I left, it was a very treatable problem. I made a few calls to loved ones to let them know I was ok and by the time I called Lindsay back she already had the results of the test and was ready to phone in the prescription. What an amazing team of people. I was able to enjoy the weekend without worrying about test results and start the treatment that night! Thanks Bronson! I would never go anywhere else!!

Big thank you to my favorite ER Doctor who also happens to be my Dad

March 31, 2015

by: Bryan Stewart

Just wanted say a big thank you to my favorite ER Doctor who also happens to be my Dad, Doctor Daniel Patrick Stewart.
#BBC #BPositive #BronsonPositivity

Our 4 year old son would not be here with us without him

March 31, 2015

by: Erin Spencer

We were sent to Bronson’s neuroscience center after finding an extreme amount of fluid in our 5 1/2 month old son’s brain. MRI was done immediately and an appointment with Dr.Daryl Warder. He explained to us that our son had a cyst the size if an orange in the center of his brain and that he needed surgery asap. He was admitted right then and surgery was the very next day. Dr. Warder is amazing and we thank God for him every day. Our now 4 year old son would not be here with us without him. With yearly MRIs and follow up visits with Dr. Warder our son is a happy, playful, busy, normal 4 year old.

I would certainly recommend this team of experts to everyone

March 31, 2015

by: Dusty Reeds

From weeks before my left knee surgery by Dr. David Christ I received the best care imaginable. The pre-op instructions were absolutely wonderful and I appreciated all of the information. Then from the arrival at the hospital on early morning of March 24th, I was swept into loving care by all those involved with this procedure. The Bronson Positivity is indeed terrific. I would certainly recommend this team of experts to everyone.

Thank [you] Bronson for helping us care for our dad as best we can

March 31, 2015

by: Anonymous

On behalf on my dad, thank you to all the Bronson staff who helped us this year! From the first doctor’s visit to ER to hospitalization to scope to biopsy to bone scan to Bronson HealthCare Midwest Urology. Special thank you to Jill for assisting us gather all the paper work and help our dad through this journey. My sister and I thank Bronson staff for patiently guiding us with our dad especially all these new experiences we are involved in due to the recent loss of our mom, who quietly did so much for our dad and now we, as daughters, want to thank Bronson for helping us care for our dad as best we can during his time with us as he prepares/awaits his time to join our mom once again. God Bless to All!

You were very caring and compassionate and patient with me.

March 20, 2015

by: Vicki Pruitt

I want to thank all of the staff for putting up with me while I was there for my extended stay. The nusring staff was great and the PCA were amazing. The doctors – especially hospitalist Dr. Sciuca – I thank you personally. You were very caring and compassionate and patient with me. I will never forget anyone on the 2nd floor.

All the EVS workers always kept my room very clean for me. They were all very pleasant and kind to me. Michael was always asking if I needed anything even though I didn’t. And when my day was not the best, her spirit and smile always brought my spirits back up and my days were better. You all did your jobs well and to all of you, God bless you always!

Very fortunate that I was sent to Bronson Hospital

March 17, 2015

by: Benjamin Allen

I am from St. Louis and was visiting at my 2nd home in South Haven when I broke my hip (the pickleball man). I consider it very fortunate that I was sent to Bronson Hospital. I have been to hospitals, as a patient or a visitor, in Des Moines, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Rochester, MN (Mayo Clinic affiliated) and none hold a candle to the culture of caring, positive professionalism that we met at every turn during our stay at Bronson. The amazing thing is that that culture is embraced by all of the Bronson employees. As my wife moved throughout the hospital, she said everyone she encountered was eager to assist her (to the point of even escorting her to where she was trying to go). Dr Rowe was fantastic as the surgeon. And I give a special thanks to Tina and Ethel, two outstanding nurses. The hospital room was beautiful and my wife tells me that was true of the entire hospital. The nice surroundings also add to recovery. Thanks to Dr. Rowe and his staff, all the nurses and PCAs, the physical therapy department, case manager, Dr. Pierce and associates, and the recovery and OR nurses. To a one, all were great.

She takes time to listen to you and shows compassion

March 13, 2015

by: Lynne Cronkhite

Erin the scheduler for the Out Patient Interventional Radiology department is always so cheerful and accomidating when I call, she takes time to listen to you and shows compassion. I have had unplanned side effects from cancer and she has made sure I am taken care of and goes out of her way to find the perfect time slot for me and my treatment! This has made an unpleasant time much much easier and tolerable for me! Thank you Erin for your Positivity!

Dr. Houchin’s exam, consultation, and treatment plan were ‘spot on’.

March 12, 2015

by: Daniel Maudlin

As a practicing dentist in the Kalamazoo area, I would like to commend Dr. Houchin and Bronson for what I thought was a very positive medical experience. Dr. Houchin’s exam, consultation, and treatment plan were ‘spot on’. In addition, his explanation of my condition,subsequent need for testing, and medication was very thorough and informative. Very impressive; thanks!