Posts Tagged ‘orthopedics’

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.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 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.

Tina is a great nurse.

Friday, July 18th, 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!

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

Wednesday, June 4th, 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.

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

Sunday, June 1st, 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.

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

Saturday, May 17th, 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.

Every single person that I encountered was over the top nice

Friday, May 9th, 2014

by: Marian Hawkins

I recently had a complete knee replacement. During my three day hospitalization, without exception, every single person that I encountered was over the top nice!! Receptionist, nurses, anestesiologist, surgeon, patient care assistants, PT, OT, housekeeping, kitchen staff (even called to remind me to order something to eat), all were professional, caring, informative, and again, just plain nice! Thank you Bronson for making this a fantastic experience!!

Bronson Positivity is not just a business byline, but a reality.

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

by: Crista Simmons

Dear Bronson,
I wanted to write a letter, but then read about your website in Encore magazine.

My overall message is that Bronson Positivity is not just a business byline, but a reality. I came to Bronson for a total hip replacement on Aug. 14th and went home two days later.

All the staff were just great; from the time entered the hospital to when I went home. They made me feel comfortable with their ready smiles by using my name and theirs also. This made me feel like a person and not just a “total hip”. And I mean ALL the staff, from pre-op all the way through to my discharge; including the OR transports, to post-op to the ortho unit.

My greatest concern was pain control, because with my first hip replacement, I was in so much pain, I thought I’d been in a car accident. But this time it was so much different!!! The doctors and the staff listened. I woke up in much more comfort than the last, and everyone was quick to make sure my pain level didn’t rise above a 5! This was huge!! And it made all the difference in the world. I was able to walk the first night and recovered much more quickly!

I don’t remember staff names, but one. Her name is Barb and she got pulled from ICU to the Ortho Unit my first night. I remember her sweetness, soothing voice and expertise in my pain control.

But really, all you staff were wonderful! Your dietary staff are so professional to make me feel “served”.

Sometimes people think that what they do doesn’t make a difference or isn’t noticed. And I just wanted them to know that I not only took note, but took the time to write. If you would please pass along my letter to all the departments involved, I would appreciate it even to the person who greeted us initially at the desk.

Now, seven weeks later, I’m happy to report that I have my life back; now pain free and off of all narcotics!!! What a new place in which to find myself!

Thank you Bronson staff, for graciously and sincerely making Bronson Positivity a genuine quality of your exemplary care.

The extraordinary exception

Friday, August 12th, 2011

by: Teri Appel

My mother, Natalie Stafinski, was recently a patient on the orthopedic service.  It was the common story — a fall and broken hip in an elderly patient, ensuing surgery, and then failure to thrive.  I wanted you to know, as Director of Medical Services, about a doctor who made a powerful difference for not only Mom but for the entire family during those days.

We keep hearing that the world of healthcare is becoming less human — and perhaps that’s true.  Certainly, policies and protocols have made it more difficult for doctors to connect with patients in ways that were once common.  Often, it’s the “parts” which get treated — not the whole person.  All medical personnel would like it to be otherwise, I’m sure — but rules and regs certainly create that climate.

Dr. Manish Sharma was the extraordinary exception.

From the time Dr. Sharma entered the scene as a Hospitalist, he was candid, kind, and patient.  His compassion for Mom was clear — and it extended to the family as we navigated the difficult decision to place Mom in hospice.  One moment will forever be with me.  My father is also in failing health, and Dr. Sharma had actually been involved at the time Dad underwent surgery for a brain tumor almost a year ago.  Dr. Sharma was able to comfort Dad following the hospice decision in a way we couldn’t.

His hand on Dad’s arm, he spoke solely to Dad, telling him that Mom would be able to rest, and that Dad had made the loving choice.  It was a very human and precious moment, once from which we drew comfort in a painful time.

I know that Dr. Sharma isn’t alone in that kind of humanity — it’s just that we so seldom get to experience it so closely, and when it’s needed so badly.  His patients and their families are fortunate to be in his care.