Patient Stories


Beard Family

Family Chooses Passavant for Orthopedic Care

Jacksonville’s Beard family understands they have a choice when it comes to healthcare. Over and over again, they choose Passavant Area Hospital—seven times for orthopedic care alone in the past several years.

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Carter Sinkhorn

Physical and Mental Healing Close to Home

Early New Year’s morning, 17-year-old Carter crashed his truck less than a mile from home. The truck, caught in a tree and suspended in the air, had Carter in a death grip. First responders and the TMH Emergency Department saved his life, but he says Rehab close to home helped him the most in his recovery.

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Jerry Biggart

Inpatient Rehab Helps Jerry be a Part of His Daughter's Big Day

When Jerry was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident only a few weeks before his daughter's wedding, plans were put on hold. He told the engaged couple from his hospital bed in Inpatient Rehabilitation that although he couldn’t walk her down the aisle, they should go ahead and marry. They celebrated the family milestone at the Henry Bunn Chapel at Memorial.

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Tim Cowan

Stroke Symptoms May Differ, Even for the Same Person

Strokes come in all shapes and sizes—just ask Tim Cowan. He’s survived several.

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Dougherty Leo

79-Year-Old Aviation Enthusiast is Resuscitated and Receives Life-Saving Heart Care

Springfield resident Leo Dougherty puts his heart into his passion for aviation. When that heart faltered, the staff at Memorial Medical Center helped him get back on his feet.

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Sgt. John Boesdorfer

Law Enforcement Officers Put Mental Health First Aid Skills to Use

More than 400 people have received training in Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour intensive training that provides the skills and knowledge to refer individuals in distress to the appropriate resources in an effort to avoid a crisis.

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Teen Says Services Saved Her Life

Kylie, a 17-year-old high school senior, began receiving Screening, Assessment, and Supportive Services (SASS) when she was crisis screened by Memorial Behavioral Health. Kylie experienced untreated symptoms of depression and anxiety. But, she avoided hospitalization for her symptoms by engaging in services with a therapist and community-based recovery specialist.

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John Oaks

Lifesaving Heart Procedure Ensures RN Continues to Serve Others

After a stress test showed strain on his heart, John Oaks, RN, underwent a heart procedure resulting in three coronary stents he believes saved his life. Without it, he said, he likely would’ve suffered a massive heart attack within a month.

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Mental Health First Aid Is Making an Impact in Rural Areas

Beth attended a Mental Health First Aid training in her community and is now empowered with the skills and knowledge to refer individuals in distress to the appropriate resources in effort to avoid a crisis situation.

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Malia Smith

Waiting on a Donor, but Not on Life

At age 12, Malia was treated intermittently for concerning symptoms. A year later her kidneys almost completely failed, and she was diagnosed with Lupus. Thanks to her physicians, much of her kidney function was restored and the Lupus remained dormant for nearly ten years. Even with positive results, she knew the damage sustained would eventually land her on the transplant list.

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