Great treatment

11 Jan

I would just like to take a moment to say thank you to the staff that took care of me for my surgery on January 7th, 2010. Everyone treated me with great care and kindness. Maribeth was completely fabulous! Jodi and Ramona treated me with respect getting me ready for surgery, which was an awkward situation for me. I really couldn’t think of anything that could have been improved upon. Thank you all!

Surprise! Surprise!

5 Jan

No one ever plans to have an accident or to get hit by a car, but it happens anyway. Most of the time it happens to others and you pray that it doesn’t happen to you. In January 2004, after two days in a comma, I regained consciousness surrounded by a room full of strangers. Before the accident I had been humming "I woke up with my mind stayed on Jesus". Despite the first prognosis by some that I might not walk again, and a reply of "I thought that you had died" from a paramedic who had driven me to the hospital, the excellent care, knowledge and compassion of Dr. Richard Naylor, his staff, and the majority of the staff at Covenant, I am alive in a number of ways. Some of the staff have been very encouraging and treated me more like family than strangers. I have been encouraged and supported in a new business venture, "Eye of the Needle," and I am healthy again, walking and living life.

Seeing Us Through Rough Times

5 Jan

We are proud to say that we are patients of Dr. Savereide. Over the last 6 years he has seen me through a double mastectomy with his comforting demeanor and GREAT bedside manner. He has also seen my husband through hernia surgeries. Now he is treating my mother for breast and colon cancer. There are no real words to express what he has meant to me and my family. He could give you a touch on the arm and tell you everything is going to be okay and he truly means it. I would hope some of these young doctors just coming into the business could take a few lessons from a man and surgeon like Dr. Savereide. There is so much to learn from him. Thank you for all you have done for my family. We could not have done it without you and God guiding those hands in a soft and patient manner.
The Lange & Roney Family

A Great Experience

17 Nov

I chose Covenant Medical Center for my ambulatory surgery procedure based on the exceptional care received during a previous surgery a few months ago. From the moment of arrival, I was treated with dignity, respect and a supreme level of care. One nurse in particular (Michelle) was absolutely outstanding. She was comforting, gracious, extremely well organized and demonstrated a high degree of professionalism. There is not one negative thought to convey about the entire experience. I will not hesitate to highly recommend Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare as a provider of choice.

Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Making a difference, here at home

4 Nov

When I think of what great is made of, I think of the team at Iowa Spine and Brain Institute. My journey with this incredible group of talented individuals began in October 2005 when I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, a disorder of the brain where the cerebellum is herniated through the foramen magnum and into the spinal canal.

Being a young mother faced with a fairly rare and often misdiagnosed brain condition, I looked to this team for education and answers. For the last four years, the medical staff has matched me every step of the way – providing counsel and support on my quest for relief of symptoms that left me struggling on some of my worst days. I’ve been a part of the ISBI family since the early days, getting to the know the medical staff during routine visits and monitoring of my brain condition.

It wasn’t until after the recent birth of my third child in March 2009 that my Chiari Malformation condition worsened to a point that I became a true neurosurgery candidate. This is where Dr. Tim Ryken entered my life.

He took on my case history and digested it until he understood every challenge I had been facing through the years. He met with my family, answered our questions, and made the preparations for my Chiari Malformation Decompression surgery on July 28, 2009. It needs to be noted that the team of professionals working with him in the clinic are best-in-class, assisting him in making sure this process was seamless for me.

There are so many people across our world struggling with Chiari Malformation. And, so many of these people have no voice and no hope in sight for relief. I am truly fortunate to have a team that understands my challenges and struggles and puts my best interests top-of-mind. Because my partnership with Dr. Ryken has been so incredibly rewarding, I have made it my mission to share my Chiari story with others.

Never once since those days in July have I questioned my decision to have neurosurgery, nor to have this life-changing procedure done right here at home, in the Cedar Valley.

From the bottom of my heart, I extend sincere gratitude to Dr. Timothy Ryken and his team at Iowa Spine and Brain Institute for making a difference in my life, and in the lives of others. I am forever your advocate.

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