Heather Stahl — Cancer Patient Survivor
Two years ago, I was feeling really crummy. I was chronically fatigued and I had intestinal distress most every day. My joints hurt, my muscles were weak and I gained 17 pounds within a very short amount of time. I have always been an active and on-the-go person and am quite disciplined with diet and exercise. I was unable to lose weight, no matter what. I visited my PCP four different times and reported my symptoms and became worried they were interfering with my work and with my life in general. I was concerned that my career was going to end because of the fatigue. Tests were run and results showed nothing impressive. A co-worker suggested I see Dr. Kennedy. I waited two months to get into see her and she immediately reassured me we would dig deep and find the cause of my symptoms. She did! With the first round of blood work she found a diagnosis of autoimmune. She began treating me with medications and supplements. Two years later, not only am I charging ahead with my career and life goals, I have lost 20 pounds and have all the energy I need.
It started with an emergency department visit 12 years ago due to an abnormal heartbeat. Then, it was my elderly dad in ED, then my mom, then my husband and he was in ICU for a couple days. Over the years, another 10 encounters for procedures and admits, culminating in myself having a thoracotomy with a lobectomy and ICU plus home health last February. ALWAYS such wonderful nursing and physical care. NEVER one rude or non-caring person. Dr. Delange and Summit were extraordinary to me!
I spend my summers in your area. I find your staff outstanding and they have taken good care of me. It’s a really wonderful feeling knowing your Summit doctors and technicians are there.
I was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. From the moment of my diagnosis through surgery, chemo and numerous follow ups to now being seven years cancer-free, I have been a part of Summit Healthcare’s caring community of doctors and nurses. I have always felt cared for and that my needs were being met. I was treated with dignity each and every time. I am fortunate to have such a great hospital in our small town. I am grateful Summit was here and I didn’t have to travel.
Working in a pharmacy consultant management company, I traveled the country working in many hospital settings. I came to Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center four years ago. The commitment to quality care and the compassion to patients that I see every day made me decide this was where I needed to be, to share their mission and vision. It’s a wonderful place to work and develop lasting relationships.
I choose Summit because it’s close to where I live, and my son and daughter-in-law both work there. I was admitted to Summit with my second, and third bouts of pneumonia. The treatment I received from the staff there is beyond exceptional. They were caring, always kind, checking on me even when I was not their assigned patient for the day. I was made to feel as if I was the only patient they had. They explained the medications they were giving to me, or stopping. What is was for, how often I would be given it. They always made sure I was in no pain, and when I was bedridden, they made sure that I received help quickly whenever I buzzed for help. I hope I never need to be hospitalized again, but if I do I hope it’s at Summit.
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