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                              JUNE 2010
No More
for Bruce
       PAGE 6

Owosso Man Tees Up
A New Hip
         PAGE 12

Family Birth Place
Fairweather Twins
                   PAGE 4

The Healing Touch Of
Pet Assisted Therapy
                    PAGE 10
                                                            JUNE 2010

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the June issue of
Memorial Healthcare’s community
magazine, Health Focus. Memorial is
committed to providing you with
information we hope will help you
stay informed about current health                                                                          10                                         12
issues, the latest in health care
advancements and Memorial’s
services and expert physician staff.              3      Hospice Supports Patients and Families
In this issue, you will find information          4      Family Birth Place Welcomes Fairweather Twins
about a variety of minimally invasive             6      No More Heartburn for This Chili Dog Enthusiast
surgeries performed at Memorial,                  8      Emergency Visit Results in Surprise Diagnosis
including Anterior Approach hip
                                                 10      The Healing Touch of Pet Assisted Therapy
replacement, and a new incision-
less surgery option for patients with            11      Calendar of Events
chronic heartburn or GERD. Also                  12      Owosso Resident, Bob Easlick, Tees Up a New Hip
included are stories of new life,                14      Cancer was a Real Pain in Owosso Man’s Side
strong families, determination and
dedication we hope will inspire you.             15      Dedicated Couple Nourishes a Legacy of Caring

Memorial’s experienced medical staff             Many Memorial Healthcare programs and services are supported by grants from the
                                                 Memorial Healthcare Foundation which are made possible through the generous gifts
and healthcare professionals continue
                                                 of our donors.
in our efforts to provide the highest
quality medical services and a
personalized, caring patient experience.
Your support of Memorial Healthcare,
and your choice to use our services and
physicians, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking time to learn               healthfocus
more about your community                           Health Focus is a community health and wellness newsletter published by Memorial Healthcare,
hospital. We provide Expert Care                 826 W. King St., Owosso MI 48867.
with Hometown Caring.                               Information in this newsletter is not intended to provide personal medical advice. Seek the
                                                 recommendations and care of a health care professional informed of your personal medical history.
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                                                 Aran Kessler              Amber Fuller                        Riegle Press
                                                 Michael Jordan

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Senior EXPO - June 14th
The Memorial Center for Senior Health will sponsor its
annual Senior EXPO on Monday, June 14th at Memorial
Healthcare. This fun-filled event offers seniors the opportunity
to visit with various service departments from the hospital and
other non-profit community organizations to learn more about
services for the mature adult.

Join us for:
    •   Vendors
    •   Blood Pressure Screening                                    Hospice Spiritual Counselor, Reverand Ray Strawser,
    •   Pulmonary Function Testing                                  provides support to patients and families in their
    •   Heart Health Risk Assessment                                time of need.
        Physician Speakers
        Activity Demonstrations                                    Hospice Supports Patients
        Picnic Lunch
        And Much, Much More!
                                                                   and Families
                                                                    A hospice spiritual counselor listens and offers spiritual
The Memorial Center for                                             support no matter the particular religious beliefs of an
Senior Health is under the                                          individual or family. As Memorial’s newest addition to the hospice
direction of Ly Gau, D.O.                                           family, Reverand Ray Strawser is very much aware of how his sup-
Dr. Gau is board certified                                          port and willingness to listen can help a terminal patient and their
in internal medicine and
                                                                    loved ones work through many of the “whys” of life and death.
geriatrics. She is also
                                                                    Hospice is often misunderstood and thought to simply be care
fellowship trained in                                               that is provided to an individual just before death or a place where
geriatrics and is                                                   patients go to die. Hospice, however, is a philosophy of care
accepting new patients                                              provided to patients with life-limiting illness and takes place in
(age 55 and older). The                                             various settings. It may be in a patient’s home, in a nursing home
center is committed to                                              and, at times, in an inpatient unit or a hospital. Regardless of the
helping patients and their                                          setting, the hospice philosophy is always the same, to provide care
caregivers achieve a greater                                        to ensure the best quality of life.
sense of well-being through
geriatric assessment, primary care                                  Hospice care encompasses physical, spiritual and emotional
and medication management.                                          support provided through interdisciplinary teams which include
                                                                    nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, therapists,
To make an appointment at the Center for Senior Health,             volunteers, and physicians. The patient and their loved ones are
call 989-729-4828 or visit              an integral part in the plan of care and decisions are based on their
                                                                    wishes. Each team member has a role in the patient’s care.

                                                                    The Memorial Healthcare Hospice program accepts
                                                                    all physician referrals and can be reached by calling

                    We’ve Received National Accreditation!
                                     Memorial Healthcare is the only community
                                     hospital in the State of Michigan to receive
                                         Level 2B accreditation through the
                                        American College of Surgeons (ACS).

                                                                   Expert Care. Hometown Caring.           healthfocus             3
Elizabeth Fairweather and her twins, Amy and
Elizabeth Fairweather and her twins, Amy and
Matthew, born in February at Memorial’s
Matthew, born in February at Memorial’s
Family Birth Place.
Family Birth Place.

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Family Birth Place
Welcomes Fairweather Twins
W      hen Elizabeth and Glen Fairweather of Owosso
       found out they were having twins, they were thrilled.
They were looking forward to adding to their family, which
                                                                       Family Birth Place to Receive Renovations
already included their seven-year old daughter, Maddie, a              Memorial Healthcare’s Auxiliary recently donated
second grader in Owosso schools.                                       $50,000 for renovations to the Family Birth Place. The
                                                                       remodel process began in May and will include items
One concern for Elizabeth was having to travel from her                such as repainting, wallpapering, new furniture, and
hometown for the births. “I didn’t know Memorial Healthcare            televisions. According to Family Birth Place Manager,
could deliver twin babies,” says Elizabeth. “I was so happy to find    Janet Johnston, R.N., “Our goal is to provide a more
out I could come to Memorial where things were familiar. It was        healing and caring environment, which will feature warm
already stressful enough knowing that I would be having twins          colors and a home-like atmosphere for our patients and
and this was just one less thing to worry about.” In fact, the first   their family members.” Special thanks are extended to
obstetrical patient delivered twins at Memorial back in 1921.          Auxiliary members for their support to provide expert
                                                                       care and hometown caring.
According to Janet Johnston, R.N., Manager of Memorial’s
Family Birth Place, “Care and compassion are the hallmarks of
our skilled obstetric teams. With over 500 babies born each year,
we encourage mothers along the way, invite dads or support
persons to share the experience, and promote education.”
                                                                       Memorial Healthcare OB/GYN Physicians
On February 1, 2010, Kurt Aurand, D.O., board certified
 OB/GYN, delivered two healthy babies by Cesarean section                                  Luna Alkhafaji, M.D.
to Elizabeth and Glen. First was a boy, Matthew, who was born                              OB/GYN
at 3:05 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 20.5                                818 W. King Street
inches. Second was a girl, Amy, who was born at 3:07 a.m.                                  Suite 101
weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches.                                    Owosso
“Dr. Aurand was so down to earth and made me feel very
comfortable. The nurses at the Family Birth Place were wonderful
and very helpful; they even gave me tips on the best way to nurse                          Kurt Aurand, D.O.
two babies.”
At discharge, Elizabeth felt comfortable that she would be able                            818 W. King Street
to cope at home with two new babies. “I really appreciated the                             Suite 201
care and compassion I received from everyone at the Family Birth                           Owosso
Place and Dr. Aurand’s office — everyone was great!”                                       989-729-4220

For additional information on the Family Birth Place,
visit                                                          Mario Chaves, M.D.
                                                                                           818 W. King Street
Did You Know?                                                                              Suite 101
The Memorial Healthcare web site features an                                               Owosso
electronic baby nursery where our new parents and                                          989-729-4300
families can share information about their new arrival.

                                                                        Expert Care. Hometown Caring.      healthfocus           5
Bruce Stutler can now enjoy
his favorite foods again.

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No More Heartburn for
This Chili Dog Enthusiast
“I     never thought I would eat a chili dog like this again,”         I would have to live with
       says Bruce Stutler of Oakley. “I’m not sure if the tears        this the rest of my life.”
in my eyes are from being so thankful for this procedure or            After six weeks,              “I now have much more
from the onions,” he adds with a laugh.                                Bruce was off all             energy and everyone
                                                                       his medications.
                                                                                                     in my family is a lot
For approximately 10 years, Bruce was unable to sleep in a lying
position. He spent his nights propped up by pillows or in a chair.     “I would recommend this       happier since I had
In addition, he was taking Nexium two times a day and antacid          procedure to anyone—          my GERD surgery.”
tablets every couple of hours, just to make it through the day.        you shouldn’t hesitate
“Anything spicy was off limits. If I did try something spicy I would   if you are having these                  — Bruce Stutler,
have severe acid reflux and nausea.”                                   types of problems,” says                   Oakley
                                                                       Bruce. “The only side
That all changed on March 5, 2010, the day that Bruce had              effect is a sore throat for
the incisionless EsophyX procedure at Memorial Healthcare by           about a day and that’s
general and bariatric surgeon, Nathan Tomita, D.O., M.P.H.             worth it.”

“The Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure with
the EsophyX device can significantly improve quality of life for               Free EsophyX Information
patients,” says Dr. Tomita. In a healthy patient, there is a                If you or someone you know suffers with chronic
natural valve between the esophagus and the stomach that                    GERD and would like more information about how
forms a physical barrier preventing stomach fluids from                     TIF can get you back to living without the pills and
backwashing, or “refluxing,” up into the esophagus. “In a                   without heartburn, plan to attend a free EsophyX
patient with chronic GERD, this valve has become dysfunctional,”            orientation session:
explains Dr. Tomita. “The TIF procedure reconstructs the valve                       • Wednesday, June 16, 2010
between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent reflux.                             • Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Because the procedure is performed through the mouth, there                          • Wednesday, August 18, 2010
is reduced pain, no visible scar and most patients can get back
to their normal activities within a few days.”                                 Memorial Healthcare’s Medical Arts Building
                                                                                   721 N. Shiawassee Street, Owosso
During his overnight hospital stay, Bruce was amazed when                                 (Community Room)
he was able to lie down flat on his back without any reflux.                Please RSVP your attendance to 989-723-3168.
“After 10 years I didn’t think this was possible. I honestly thought

      Could I Have GERD? Know the Symptoms
      If you have heartburn twice a week or more, you may have acid reflux disease, also known as Gastro Esophageal
      Reflux Disease (GERD). Heartburn is the most common symptom, but you may also experience:
           •   Regurgitation
           •   Hoarseness or sore throat
           •   Frequent swallowing
           •   Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
           •   Pain or discomfort in the chest
           •   Reflux-related sleep disorders
           •   Excessive clearing of the throat
           •   Persistent cough
           •   Burning in the mouth or throat
           •   Intolerance of certain foods
           •   Bloating
           •   Dental erosions or therapy-resistant gum disease
               or inflammation

                                                                           Expert Care. Hometown Caring.        healthfocus        7
                                               Tony Batora of Owosso, peers through a scrapbook
                                               made by his son-in-law, Jack Davis, to help Tony
                                               remember family members’ faces and names,
                                               which often elude him due to his dementia.

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Emergency Visit Results In
              Surprise Diagnosis
F  or Tony Batora of Owosso, a recent bout of pneumonia
   resulted in a trip to the Memorial Healthcare emergency
department, an inpatient stay and subsequent surgery to
                                                                         The staff on the unit became
                                                                         quite fond of Tony during his
                                                                                                            “Those nurses were
                                                                         two-day stay and would have alright by me! They took
have an abdominal aortic aneurysm surgically repaired.                   him come sit with them in a        good care of me – even
                                                                         chair near the central work-       gave me some hugs.”
Tony’s story began on a Thursday evening back in March when,             station. This allowed them to
                                                                                                                     — Tony Batora,
according to his daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Jack Davis,          keep a close eye on him when
they found Tony shaking and shuddering uncontrollably at his             family was not nearby, and
Owosso home. Thinking that he may be experiencing a heart                also gave Tony social interaction.
attack, they brought Tony to the Memorial emergency
department where he was immediately placed into a room to                On the following Monday, board certified internal medicine
begin assessment of his illness. The shuddering was so severe            physician, David Mohlman, D.O., told Tony he could go home
that Jack had to physically hold Tony still in order for blood to be     that day. Tony’s response was, “That’s alright. I can stay here a
drawn. After the standard cardiovascular testing to confirm or           few more days.”
rule out a heart attack, Tony was diagnosed with pneumonia and
admitted to the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Memorial. It was then        Jack and Betty say Tony continues to live on his own, and they
that the news came that not only did Batora have pneumonia,              are grateful for the rapid response to Tony’s need that evening
the tests also revealed a 7 3/4” diameter aortic aneurysm –              in March and for the excellent care he received while in the
a potentially life-threatening condition if not monitored                hospital. Their fears of a heart attack were alleviated that day
and repaired.                                                            and something that could have been far worse was detected
                                                                         early so surgery could be done. Tony underwent surgery to
The Road to Recovery                                                     repair his aneurysm in mid-April and is doing extremely well
While the size of Tony’s aneurysm was of concern, repair of the          with his recovery.
aneurysm was felt to be something that could wait while Tony
recovered from his pneumonia and regained his strength for               For further information on thoracic or abominal
surgery. After a short time spent in the CCU, Tony was trans-            aneurysms, visit the Health Library at the Memorial
ferred to the second floor patient unit. He steadily grew stronger,      Healthcare website:
so much so, in fact, that the nursing staff had to become creative
in how they kept an eye on Tony since his slight dementia often
triggered short walks around his room or out into the hallway.

What is An Aneurysm?
An aneurysm is a bulge (dilation) in the wall of an artery, usually                                                ABDOMINAL AORTIC
the aorta. This bulge usually occurs in a weak area of the artery’s               NORMAL AORTA
wall where pressure from the blood stream inside the artery has
forced the weak area to balloon outward. If untreated, an
aneurysm may rupture and cause internal bleeding. Consequences
of the condition depend on the size of the rupture. A large rupture
could cause immediate death. Smaller aneurysms may produce
warning symptoms, such as a small leak.

Aortic aneurysms can develop anywhere along the aorta,
including the part that passes through the abdomen or in the
part that passes through the chest. Aneurysms can also develop
in the back of the knee, the main arteries of the thighs, the arteries
supplying the head or brain, and the arteries supplying the heart
muscle. The most common cause of aortic aneurysms is
atherosclerosis, which weakens the wall of the aorta.

                                                                          Expert Care. Hometown Caring.            healthfocus               9
The Healing Touch of Pet Assisted Therapy

                                                                                     residents on Memorial’s fifth floor, as well as
                                                                                     patients on the Behavioral Health Unit, are
                                                                                     provided regular social interaction with
                                                                                     therapy dogs.

                                                                                     According to Kathy Wahl, R.N., B.S., her most
                                                                                     memorable experience occurred during one of
                                                                                     Maeve’s first visits as a therapy dog. “We were
                                                                                     visiting one of the units at the hospital, and
                                                                                     there was a
                                                                                     woman who
                                                                                                         “Therapy dogs help
                                                                                     is not able to      alleviate the social
                                                                                     speak. She was isolation patients
                                                                                     looking sad         often feel while in
                                                                                     and with-
                                                                                     drawn when
                                                                                                         the hospital.”
                                                                                     Maeve, Joe                — Kathy Wahl, R.N., B.S.
                                                                                     (my husband)
                                                                                     and I went in to visit. As soon as she saw Maeve,
                                                                                     she broke into a great big smile. We visited with
                                                                                     her awhile, and before we left, I assured her
Pet therapy volunteers at Memorial include Patricia Willis and                       we would come back again. The woman then
                                                                                     brought her hands out from under her blanket
Hannah, Kathy Wahl and Maeve, Charlotte Fondren and Mya, and
                                                                                     and made the okay sign with her fingers smiling
Bill Dodge and Tucker.
                                                                                     the whole time. It was such a special moment to
                                                                                     know that Maeve had brightened her spirits and

A    t Memorial Healthcare, pet therapy is helping patients
       make progress toward their therapeutic goals.
                                                                                     gave her something to look forward to.”

Pet therapy brings together animals and patients to help             The seven therapy dogs, and their
individuals in ways technology or medicine cannot do. The            handlers, have received special training
main goal of pet assisted therapy or activities at Memorial          that ensures they are suited for therapy
Healthcare is to help create a healing environment for patients      work. Kathy and Joe Wahl share the
and staff. Animal-assisted activities help to brighten the day and   therapy experience and both attended an
distract patients from their worries. Animals are believed to have   adult community education class on pet
a keen sense when it comes to human emotions and can pick up         therapy training in Corunna. “The course
on many senses that people are not able to do.                       met once a week for about four weeks,”
                                                                     says Kathy.
There are currently seven owner/handlers and their pets
providing therapy activities at Memorial Healthcare including        All animals participating in therapy
Tammy Fisher and her Maltese, O’Malley; Ray Giguire and his          programs must show proof of vaccination
red Golden Retriever, Macey; Kathy and Joe Wahl and their            and successful completion of a course
                                                                                                                 M. Margaret Snow, M.D.
Goldendoodle, Maeve; Patricia Willis and her White Shepherd          that tests the animal’s ability to follow
                                                                                                                 and Chi-bi.
mix, Hannah; Charlotte Fondren and her Yorkie, Mya;                  commands and ignore distractions such
Bill Dodge and his Golden Retriever, Tucker; and                     as noisy medical equipment or objects
M. Margaret Snow, M.D. and her Shih Tzu, Chi-bi.                     such as crutches. The animal must also deal well with strangers,
                                                                     unfamiliar surroundings and be free from separation anxiety.
Florence Nightingale recognized the value of light, nature, fresh
air, and cleanliness on healing not just the body, but the mind      To become a volunteer for Memorial Healthcare’s pet
and spirit of her patients. Since then, researchers have proven      assisted therapy/activities programs, contact Kathy Wahl
that animals help to lower blood pressure, relieve isolation,        at 989-723-5211, extension 2280.
and in some cases, even lengthen life span. Long-Term Care

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Calendar of Events                                                 SUMMER 2010

June                                               July
Bariatric Surgery & Adjustable Gastric Band
                                                   Bariatric Surgery & Adjustable Gastric Band
Surgery Presentation                               Surgery Presentation
6:30 p.m.                                          6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Nathan Tomita, D.O., M.P.H.               Speaker: Nathan Tomita, D.O., M.P.H.
Memorial Healthcare Auditorium                     Memorial Healthcare Auditorium, 826 W. King (Owosso)
826 W. King (Owosso)                               RSVP: 989-723-3168
RSVP: 989-723-3168

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                                                   Memorial Healthcare Foundation
Memorial “Play Hospital”
                                                   Annual Golf Event
at Touch-A-Truck Event                             Morning & afternoon sessions available
Shiawassee County Fairgrounds
                                                   Owosso Country Club
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                                                   For information, call: 989-729-4675

Senior EXPO
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
                                                   Memorial “Play Hospital”
                                                   Saginaw County Fair
Memorial Healthcare
                                                   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
826 W. King, (Owosso)
Health screenings, physician speakers and more!

For more information, call: 989-729-4780

EsophyX – Incisionless Surgery for GERD             11
6:30 p.m.                                          Bariatric Surgery & Adjustable Gastric Band
Speaker: Nathan Tomita, D.O., M.P.H.               Surgery Presentation
Memorial Medical Arts Building                     6:30 p.m.
721 N. Shiawassee (Owosso)                         Speaker: Nathan Tomita, D.O., M.P.H.
RSVP: 989-723-3168                                 Memorial Healthcare Auditorium
                                                   826 W. King (Owosso)
                                                   RSVP: 989-723-3168

Blood Drive
Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Memorial Healthcare Auditorium
                                                   Memorial “Play Hospital”
For an appointment call: 989-729-4818              Shiawassee County Fair
Walk-ins welcome                                   10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

                                                  Expert Care. Hometown Caring.   healthfocus      11
Bob Easlick has a new swing in his
Bob Easlick has a new swing in his
step, thanks to Anterior Approach
step, thanks to Anterior Approach
hip replacement surgery at
hip replacement surgery at
Memorial Healthcare.
Memorial Healthcare.

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Owosso Resident Bob Easlick
Tees Up a New Hip
I  t had been three years since Owosso resident Bob Easlick
   picked up a golf club or bowling ball due to severe pain
in his hip—he was sure his days of playing those sports                “I really wish I would
were over.
                                                                       have had the surgery
“Everything I did caused a sharp pain, even getting out of the         three years ago. Now
car was an ordeal,” Bob recalls. After talking with his physician,     I can get out and do
Bob was referred to Michael Schmidt, D.O., board certified
orthopedic surgeon at Mid-Michigan Orthopedics for a                   things without it being
consultation. “After my appointment and additional diagnostic          a major ordeal.”
tests, Dr. Schmidt recommended the ‘Anterior Approach’
for my hip replacement surgery.”                                                     – Bob Easlick,
According to Dr. Schmidt, “The Anterior Approach has been
resurrected and refined in just the last few years. This technique
is being used to allow hip replacement to take place through
incisions which are not only smaller, but also allows surgeons to
avoid cutting or detaching any of the powerful muscles around
the hip. This surgical approach also allows surgeons to enter the
hip almost as if ‘parting a curtain,’ which is then simply allowed
to fall into its closed position on the way out. The result: our
                                                                           Your 1st Choice
patients return to normal activities far sooner, with less pain,
and usually without any significant limp.”
                                                                       for Orthopedic Surgery!
On November 28, 2009, Bob underwent surgery at Memorial
Healthcare. “I had my surgery on a Friday and was released            Goals:
from the hospital on Sunday—just three days in the hospital           • Complete Testing
—I couldn’t believe it!”
Two weeks after his surgery, Bob was amazed when he was told          • Alleviate the
by his physical therapist that he had graduated from therapy.
In fact, just that morning, Bob had been climbing up and down            Pain
a ladder.                                                             • Put the Spring
“Everyone at Memorial Healthcare was remarkable! They made
                                                                          Back into
me do everything I was supposed to do, which really helped in my            Your Step!
recovery. I really wish I would have had the surgery three years
ago. Now I can get out and do things without it being a major
ordeal. I take walks with my dog every day because not only is it
good for me, but it’s also good for the dog.”

For additional information on hip replacement
surgery, contact Mid-Michigan Orthopedics at
989-725-6101. You may also visit the Health Library
at for additional
information, including videos on surgical procedures.

                                                                     Expert Care. Hometown Caring.    healthfocus   13
     Cancer Was a Real Pain
     In Owosso Man’s Side
TJ Snyder with
Michelle Holcomb, R.N.
                                                               F   or 20-year-old TJ Snyder of Owosso, a nagging pain
                                                                   in his right side turned out to be much more than just
                                                               the pulled muscle he thought was the cause.

                                                               After several weeks of no improvement, TJ sought medical
                                                               advice from his primary care physician who began referring
                                                               him to specialty physicians such as Daniel Williams, M.D.,
                                                               board certified oncologist with the Memorial Cancer Center,
                                                               for what initially appeared to be a liver hematoma. “I realized
                                                               something was really wrong when I began to feel like I was
                                                               carrying a rolled up newspaper under my arm,” says TJ. The
                                                               pain had continued to worsen and he could feel a lump near
                                                               his ribs. Ultimately, TJ received a surprising diagnosis —
                                                               an aggressive form of cancer known as Ewing Sarcoma.

                                                               Ewing Sarcoma is a rare malignant round-cell tumor in which
                                                               cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue around
                                                               a bone. The most common areas in which it occurs are the
                                                               pelvis, femur, humerus and ribs. The disease occurs most
                                                               frequently in male teenagers but can also occur in females.

                                                               TJ’s tumor was roughly 5 cm by 6 cm and upon the advice
                                                               of his chest surgeon, Frederick Armenti, M.D., TJ
                                                               endured four rounds of inpatient chemotherapy, each
                                                               lasting 4-5 days, under the care of Tallat Mahmood, M.D.,
                                                               and Dr. Dan Williams at Memorial. According to TJ, “I was
                                                               initially scheduled for radiation treatment as well, but my
                                                               PET scan results were good enough that I could go straight
                                                               to surgery after the chemo rounds.” By this time, the tumor
                                                               had shrunk to about 3 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser).
                                                               “They removed a piece of one rib. After surgery, the doctors
                                                               felt I did not need to undergo radiation therapy.”

                                                               One of the most amazing aspects of TJ’s story is that he
                                                               remained strong enough, both physically and mentally, to
                                                               maintain his Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
                                                               studies at Baker College in Owosso. “Some days I finished
                                                               chemo and attended class only a few hours later. I only missed
                                                               class one time, and made the Dean’s List during all three terms
      “I’m doing really well. My doctors                       while undergoing treatment and surgery,” says TJ.
      have told me that I am cancer free.
      In fact, I’m doing so well, that I                       “TJ’s story is an inspiring story of courage. He continued to
      was able to have my infusion port                        do well in college during his intensive chemotherapy”, says
                                                               Dr. Dan Williams. “Here was a young individual with no idea
      removed permanently just a few                           that his symptoms were a sign of such a serious medical
      weeks ago. This wouldn’t have                            condition. His personal desire to overcome cancer was a
      been possible without everyone’s                         big part of his overall recovery.”
      prayers and support.”
                                                               To learn more about cancer services at the
                              — TJ Snyder,                     Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center in Owosso,
                                Owosso                         call 989-729-4673 (HOPE) or visit Memorial’s web site.

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           Dedicated Couple Nurture
              a Legacy of Caring
F   ew people are as tireless in their devotion to their local
    hospital as are Gerry Urick and Patricia Shaw-Urick.

The Owosso couple are recognized as familiar faces at
Memorial Healthcare and have exhibited a long-time legacy
of caring for the patients who use the hospital and its
services. Through their efforts in support of the Auxiliary,
the Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the Volunteer
Services Department, Gerry and Pat have dedicated their
time and talents as individuals in their roles as volunteers,
Auxiliary members and Memorial advocates. In addition, the
couple has voluntarily assumed the responsibility of tending
the flower gardens and plantings surrounding the hospital
campus each spring, summer and fall.

“We really can overcome a lot of challenges through
teamwork,” Gerry says about their motivation to help
others. “There’s nothing we wouldn’t do for Memorial.”

These expressions are relevant to their dedication of the past
and present and foreseeable future. As for continuing their
legacy of caring in future decades, the couple has decided to
bequeath a portion of their combined estates to Memorial
Healthcare Foundation in order that the legacy they live now
will continue well after they are gone.

“Our gift alone won’t be enough,” says Pat, “but if
others also contribute, the difference we make together
can really last.”

“The examples set by Gerry and Pat are priceless,” says
Matt Hufnagel, Executive Director of Memorial Healthcare
Foundation. “We’re so grateful for their current efforts
and also for their foresight and desire to support Memorial
and those we serve even beyond their own full and
precious lifetimes.”                                             Gerry and Pat Shaw-Urick paused for a moment with
                                                                 the spring tulips purchased and donated by Becky
While all of their commitments and accomplishments are
                                                                 Chargo in loving memory of her husband, Dan Chargo.
noteworthy, perhaps the most important attributes that
Gerry and Pat offer are their unwavering advocacy for
Memorial on a daily basis. These individuals believe in
the mission of the hospital and give fully of themselves         For more information about charitable giving and the
to promote its services, physicians, employees and               Memorial Healthcare Foundation, call 989-729-4675 or
other volunteers.                                                visit the Foundation section of the hospital’s web site.

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        Expert Care…

       Hometown Caring.
        The Emergency Department at Memorial Healthcare is
        ready to respond, 24 hours a day with sophisticated
        medical procedures and diagnostic technologies such as
        CT Scan and MRI. Our emergency doctors, nurses and staff
        provide personalized, compassionate caring with shorter wait times than other hospitals.
        At Memorial Healthcare, the experts you need during an emergency are right in Owosso.

        Memorial Healthcare also offers Urgent Care services in Owosso on State Road
        (across from Meijer) and in Perry on Britton Road. Hours are Monday through Friday
        from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

        To learn more about specific medical conditions,
        visit our Health Library at

                                                                                Expert Care. Hometown Caring.

       Memorial Healthcare is                                                   826 W. King Street
       your first choice for Emergency                                           Owosso
                                               * Epic-MRA Community
       and Urgent Care services.                 Perception Survey (2009)

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