As Mark Croghan steps through the doors of Memorial Hospital, he is greeted with smiles at the Specialty Clinic. He has come every week for the past 16 years to receive infusion therapy. “I was diagnosed with Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency back in 2000. It affects my lungs and I currently have a 40 percent lung capacity,” Mark shared as he prepares for his treatment.
Football. Seth Fitzke loves the intensity of the sport and being part of a team. The Concordia Bulldogs’ tight end set high goals for his final season. But his game was quickly sidelined during a spring practice prior to his senior year; the Seward native sustained a devastating knee injury and tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
“The goal is to be ready for planting.” Those were the words 37-year-old Todd Schmieding recited to his Seward Memorial physical therapy team many times. Spring is go-time for Todd, who farms near Staplehurst, Neb. But a farm accident the fall of 2015 left him questioning when returning to his tractor would be possible.
A sparkling, friendly woman with a ready smile, Emma Lutringer grins when she compares raising her five children to how it’s done now. “No internet, no car seats – goodness, it’s amazing that they grew up at all!” But grew up they did. Emma beams with joy when she mentions her 20+ grandchildren and 20+ great grandchildren.
The pain in his abdomen wouldn’t let up. In fact, it was steadily getting worse. Seward dentist Mark Minchow planned to just tough it out that evening. His wife, Ingrid, had another plan, asking, “Are you going to ER now or later?” He decided the answer to her pointed question should be “now” and they set out for Memorial Hospital at 11:30p.m.
Julie and Chad Phillips are busy parents of four children ranging in ages from 5 to 14 – all of them born at Seward Memorial Hospital. Julie says it was their trust in the MHCS doctors and nurses that kept them coming back each time. “It was an amazing feeling to be in Memorial Hospital where the staff is just great. My births needed to be cesarean and with each birth, I loved the relationship I had with everyone and the undivided attention my baby and I received.”
“Making the appointment for my sleep study was a family affair,” said freshman State Senator Mark Kolterman with a wide grin. “Heck, my snoring didn’t bother me a bit; it just kept everyone else awake!”