Stories of Triumph

Stories of Triumph

Marianne Trouba is making every breath count thanks to Memorial Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation. “I am very pleased with the outcome of overall improved lung function and health,” Marianne said. For Marianne, living with decreased lung function was uncomfortable at times. “Every breath was challenging dealing with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as a result of Emphysema,” Marianne said. Emphysema is one of the diseases that comprises COPD.

Moms will be the first to tell you that every delivery and every baby are different. Ashleigh Browning of Beaver Crossing was quick to echo this statement. Ashleigh was under the care of Dr. Ketner and Obstetrics/Gynecology specialist, Dr. Heidrick, at Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic while pregnant with her daughter. Ashleigh and her husband Justin’s first born, Madisyn, was delivered in Lincoln due to some higher risks during that pregnancy. The care received from Dr.

Julie and Raul Escobar were relatively new to Seward County when they found out they were expecting their second child. They chose Memorial Health Care Systems for their family care and maternity care because they wanted to support the local community.

Community members are facing diabetes head-on by becoming knowledgeable about proper diet and exercise and concentrating on making lifestyle changes. Learning how to live healthier lifestyles is made easier by Memorial Hospital’s diabetes classes led by Molly Petrik , RD, LMNT, CDE: Sharon Luebbe, RN; and Connie Janicek, RN. Memorial Hospital's diabetes education program is certified by the American Diabetes Association and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Breast cancer affects us all. It affects our mothers, sisters, wives and friends. It affects people of every age, sex and race. The best protection is early detection. Early detection can save lives and mammograms are the most important tool in diagnosing breast cancer. There is no cure for breast cancer, but mammograms can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible.

Hannah, a Wisconsin girl at heart, came to Seward to pursue her college education. She met and married the love of her life Kenny and they made their home in Seward. As a young couple with family plans, they chose Memorial Health Care Systems for their medical care.  With the help of their family physician, Dr. James Plasek, the couple welcomed two beautiful baby boys to their family.

Seward resident Kent Pribyl is full of smiles and thanks after a serious medical incident. Looking at Kent now, you could never tell illness fell on this happy-go-lucky outdoor enthusiast..

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.