Share Your Positivity Story

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 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.

A place where friendly, caring people make everything better

June 12, 2014

by: Rita Cox

As a Bronson employee, I thought I understood what Positivity meant, but after having an experience this past weekend as the family member of a patient, I truly understand and appreciate the meaning. My seven year old daughter, Megan, cut her ankle and required stitches, which of course was a scary and stressful situation for the whole family. We took her immediately to the Bronson Lakeview Emergency Room. We were promptly brought back to a room for treatment and both Trish, our nurse, and Dr. Dommer, the ER Physician, were in the room almost immediately. Not only did they address Megan’s cut, but they calmed her down and took the time to listen to her concerns and fears. Dr. Dommer and Trish answered Megan’s questions (my seven year old had lots of questions!) and explained everything they were doing. Our Emergency Room visit lasted just under 1 hour, and we left very pleased with the care provided. To Megan, the Emergency Room is no longer a scary place where sick people go, but rather is a place where friendly, caring people take care of your cuts and make everything better. Thank you!

I gave up the dream of a miracle cure, and on Dec. 3, orthopedic surgeon Joseph Burkhardt performed the surgery at Bronson Battle Creek.

June 4, 2014

Justin Niemi, director of physical therapy at Bronson Battle Creek, helps me with an exercise two and a half weeks after surgery.

by: John Grap

As a kid I had dreams of playing for the Green Bay Packers. Those nice dreams never materialized.

Instead, over the years I played lots of baseball, softball, basketball, football, and in the late 1970′s I became a runner. Save for a few falls, sprains, bruises and cuts, I never had any serious injuries.

Five years ago a doctor told me, because of osteoarthritis, I would need a knee replacement in each leg. I was shocked and in denial. I started swimming at the YMCA.

Late last year, I gave up the dream of a miracle cure, and on Dec. 3, orthopedic surgeon Joseph Burkhardt performed the surgery at Bronson Battle Creek.

The first days afterward were dreadful.

Physical therapy started on the day after surgery, long before I was ready for it. Standing up, even with braces on my legs and supported by two therapists was excruciatingly painful — even dulled by morphine.

PT at home wasn’t any easier, with my mother-in-law serving as drill sergeant. A physical therapist showed me how to walk again and how to climb stairs — very carefully.

Back at Bronson Battle Creek I began therapy three times a week and found that I could not escape their bending and stretching my legs. I learned to embrace it. With the help and prayers of family and friends, I’ve made slow, painful progress. Now, I’m back working.

While I’m not 100 percent, I can say it’s been worth it.

I want to thank my loving family; Dr. Burkhardt and his staff; Bronson Battle Creek’s doctors, nurses, and aids; LifeSpan’s visiting miracle workers; BBC’s Justin Niemi and his band of prankster therapists; the YMCA and Troy Huggett for getting me in shape before surgery; and United HealthCare for sparing us the adventure’s full costs.

The entire experience…was seamless.

June 3, 2014

by: Tina

I used the Bronson FastCare for the first time on a holiday weekend when our pediatrician’s office was closed. My 3 year old was seen by Ashley PA-C and she was wonderful. We had no wait and Ashley took additional time to explain my son’s condition and referred pain to me. She made suggestions and listened carefully to what I had already tried. The medical assistant was very sweet and helpful as well. The entire experience, from the clerk at the front desk to our walk out the door was seamless. The staff worked very well together and were very friendly. I had in my mind that we were looking at a visit that may last a couple of hours, and when it only lasted 20 minutes I was SO HAPPY! (Then Meijer filled our antibiotic prescription for free!) Thanks for an unexpectedly enjoyable experience.

The procedure was done at Bronson Battle Creek and we can’t say enough good things about the entire experience.

June 3, 2014

by: Jerry Stonebraker

We have had poor experiences at Oaklawn Hospital so when my wife needed a surgical procedure we asked her surgeon if he had privileges at Bronson Battle Creek, which he does.

The procedure was done at Bronson Battle Creek and we can’t say enough good things about the entire experience. The receptionist was wonderful and the outpatient surgical unit were top notch- caring, friendly and professional.

We will be utilizing the battle creek facility if needed in the future.
Kudos to Bronson- POSITIVITY!

He talks about his family and makes you feel like you are his family.

June 1, 2014

by: Joan B

Jim Krause RN was my nurse 3 times over the past 4 years and each time he has been so good to me! Such a caring nurse. He was on the orthopedic floor when I had my legs done and now was in the recovery room when I had my shoulder done. He helped me so much when they had problems taking out my nerve block. Plus he treats elderly people like they are human beings. He talks about his family and makes you feel like you are his family. I really appreciate that.

Thank you everyone

May 26, 2014

by: Amanda

I was a patient at Bronson in Kalamazoo and Bronson in paw paw in the last week the one in Kalamazoo i stayed from Mon to thu in the adult medical unit I had really good nurses I was in Bronson in paw paw last night and had to stay over night I would love to say thank you too all the nurse and pca from both bronsons and even the surgery staff and the recover staff too … thank you to Dr Hamilton to for making me better …. thank you everyone ……

Dr. Christ and his team are truly amazing and all are to be commended.

May 17, 2014

by: Donald Osterhout

About two years I visited my primary doctor because my right hip was bothering me some and after a short examination he sent me down the hall for an e-ray and what the picture revealed was not good news; my right hip joint was bone on bone and would soon have to be replaced. By a stroke of good luck I heard about a new hip replacement technique called an anterior replacement from a guy at my gym who had had both hips replaced and he told me that the anterior replacement was much, much, much easier and recovery was much quicker! But, he said there was no body in Kalamazoo that could do that type or replacement and that I would have to go to Holland, Michigan to get it done. And he seemed to be right but I called around and got very luck, a Lynn C. at the desk in a Dr. David Christ’s office in Bronson in Kalamazoo, MI and she told me that Dr. Christ had done hundreds of the anterior style replacements and that she would get me an appointment to see him and she did. A few weeks later my wife met with Dr. Christ and he spent a lot of time with us covering all aspects of the operation and answering all of our questions and at that point we scheduled my surgery. My replacement was performed on 3-11-14 and it went very, very well land was very successful. I went home on the morning of the third day and all phases of my recovery went amazingly well. I had very little pain and what pain there was vanished in couple of days. I was getting around with my walker without any problems from the time I got back and but the third week I was walking on my own. When in for my three week check up and the Dr. Christ said I was doing very well and that I could start driving again and could go back to the gym and do lite workouts that didn’t involve my hip. I have to say emphatically and Dr. Christ, his team and everyone at Bronson did a great job and treated me very, very well. Again, Dr. Christ and his team are truly amazing and all are to be commended. As I sit here writing this my operation is 2 months in the past and I almost never think of my operation and for the most part I have returned to a normal life. WOW, and in two months. There’s only one thing that I would wish changed and that would be getting Dr. Christ, this team and Bronson promoted a bit better and letting people in the area know that Bronson is a place where they can get an anterior hip replacement without having to go to another city to do so.