Posts Tagged ‘Fabi’

I am really glad that I had the opportunity to experience all that Bronson has to offer for myself.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

by: Tom Brooks

Last Friday, I had surgery at Bronson Methodist Hospital. I went through a period of learning and decision-making prior to that. While in town on business, I decided to stay here in Kalamazoo and put myself in the care of the wonderful people at Bronson. I traveled to the U of M system and got a second opinion there. I also had access to the number one rated surgeon in this field, who is now at Beaumont as Chief Medical Officer. Certain friends and relatives of mine from other places urged me to travel wherever necessary to get the absolute best care possible.

I had my surgery scheduled at Bronson, but I could have cancelled and moved it to any of the other medical centers if I felt they could do a better job for me. My decision involved about a month and a half of intensive research, conversations with several doctors I know and countless hours of just thinking it over. I know I made the right decision to go to Bronson.

Meeting Dr. Miller and Dr. Fabi and hearing them describe what they do, made a difference. Just hearing them as real people, describing how they felt about a person in their care, and how they would use the tools at their disposal, gave me a tremendous sense that they could be trusted. This window into the workings of Bronson, and most importantly the people that do the work there, came at just the right time for me. It helped solidify my decision to stay in my home town for a surgery that would have a very significant impact on my life.

The bigger hospitals may have an easier time getting their rankings high in U.S. News or some other “Top 100″ list (although Bronson is good at that, too). In my case, Bronson had to be compared to one of the best research hospitals in the country and a surgeon who was at the top of the national rankings. It’s hard, as a lowly patient, to not let those factors dominate.

Everything went really well for me and I’m now on the mend. I was completely thrilled with everything and everyone that I came in contact with at Bronson–at every level. I am really glad that I had the opportunity to come to Kalamazoo and experience all that Bronson has to offer for myself.

I want to thank BMH staff for giving me my life back

Friday, June 1st, 2012

by: Terry Ann Cook

I want to thank Dr. Fabi, his staff, the Anesthesiology Staff, the Pre op and Post op staff at Bronson Hospital for giving me my life back. I am usually an active person working full time, raising my son as a single mom and teaching a fitness class. My life became a struggle a year ago that started with a small ache in my right hip and thigh. I continued teaching my BodyFlow classes because the yoga movements were the only type of exercise that felt good. The small ache grew into a major pain that caused a severe change in my lifestyle. I was unable to bear any weight for longer than 20 to 30 minutes without severe pain. I could only walk short distances before having to sit down to briefly relieve some of the pain. My spine was compressing a nerve causing severe pain upon standing or walking.

On Febuary 19th the surgical team at Bronson Hospital welcomed me with efficiency and expertise. They took time to let me talk to a friend who was working that day in the Anesthesiology Department. I had complete confidence in the Bronson Staff and they did not let me down.

My life turned around since my surgery. It feels like a ton of weight has been lifted off me. I feel twenty years younger. I am back to work full time and recently spent Memorial Day week end hiking in the mountains with my children and grandchildren. A big thank you from me and my whole family!

Thank you Bronson for saving my life and my baby’s life!!!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

by: Alyssa Thompson

My family and I will always hold Bronson and all the staff close to our hearts. They were truly our angels in a serious emergency situation.

I was 36 weeks pregnant and on bed rest for high blood pressure when I woke up feeling sick in March 2010. I had vomitted and passed out. My husband quickly took me to Labor and Delivery at Bronson.

Dr. Tempest Allen, the OBGYN on call, responded very quickly to the symptoms I was having. She performed an ultrasound determining that baby was in good health. Due to the headache I was complaining about, she ordered a CT Scan and MRI and found that I was suffering from a brain hemorrhage. Many many doctors and nurses from the Neurosciences team, along with Dr. Robert Austin, a high-risk pregnancy doctor as well as Dr. Allen, quickly gathered around me to discuss the order of procedures that would take place.

My husband said it was amazing how many doctors responded within minutes. All of the sudden they were lined up, all explaining their roles and drawing pictures to help my family understand what was happening so they could quickly make the best decisions.

Dr.Fabi immediately started an extra-ventricular drain to relieve some of the pressure in my brain. Dr. Austin then performed an emergency C-section. My new baby girl Makenna was safely delivered. The final step was an endovascular coiling procedure performed by Dr. Noonan to stop blood flow to the aneurysm.

I remember waking up after two surgeries and many procedures. I was completely confused and had no idea what was happening. All the nurses were fantastic, comforting me and explaining to me everything that was going on. They set up a webcam into the NICU so I could watch my new baby.

I truly cannot say enough good things about all of the nurses and doctors. They all took such good care of me as well as everyone in my family. They were continously communicating with my husband and family members on updates and explained everything very thoroughly. They were all very compassionate and professional. I spent 16 days in ICU and I remember telling plenty of nurses and doctors “Thank you for taking such good care of me,” and every single one of their responses was the same. They would say, “I just love what I do!” That was very evident in all of their actions. All of the nurses and doctors that we had experience with showed such deep concern and care for myself and my family. In fact, one of my family members that spent a great deal of time at the hospital during our stay was noticing how every staff member loved their job so much and was so happy, he applied to be a volunteer at Bronson (he is under 18) and he is now working as a volunteer and loving the volunteer program at Bronson.

I was definitely in the right place. The team was amazing and I don’t know that I would have been as well taken care of if I had been anywhere else. Bronson has been and always will be our hospital.  Thank you Bronson for saving my life and my baby’s life!!!

Grateful for the excellent care and the tremendous outcome

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Jim Bertolina

Jim Bertolina

by: Jim Bertolina

In the spring of 2009 I began experiencing pain in my right hand. It got so bad that I could barely function and it was interfering with all aspects of my life. I ended up getting an MRI done and brought my results to Dr. Fabi. I had gotten to know Dr. Fabi through my work at Stryker and I greatly respected his level of skill and I really trusted him. He showed me that the problem was in my neck and explained that I was going to need surgery.

Dr. Fabi scheduled me the following week for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery, a procedure to remove herniated or degenerative discs and to stabilize my neck. I have a sister in law who is a physician at Stanford who suggested that I come out to Stanford for the procedure. I was grateful for the option but explained to her that I have watched hundreds of neuro procedures throughout the world and Dr. Fabi is one of the best surgeons I have seen. I was grateful to be able to stay at home and still receive world class care!

I went in with high hopes and was not disappointed. Dr. Fabi did a tremendous job and I was going on short walks a few days after the procedure which became long walks within a couple of weeks afterwards and I have never looked back! In addition to being very happy with Dr. Fabi’s work, I was also impressed with the Bronson staff who worked with me. From the time that I checked in until the time that I left, every person who interacted with me treated me with professionalism, compassion, and care. Afterwards, I commented to my wife that I was really impressed with the staff and that everyone seemed to genuinely care about me.

I am grateful for the excellent care I received and the tremendous outcome. I am functioning at 100% and have been since shortly after the procedure. It has been a small miracle for me and I would recommend Dr. Fabi and Bronson to anyone who is considering them as an option.