Stories of Triumph

Stories of Triumph

"Having a mammogram is the best self-care any patient can do. I take my job to heart. I am a thriving 14-year Breast Cancer SURVIVOR. With the new technology and 3D Mammography, early detection is key. The MHCS Mammography Department can be your source of answers and a direction in your journey." - Cheryl Bond

Memorial Health Care Systems is proud to offer Breast Tomosynthesis or 3D Mammography - the most advanced technology in breast cancer detection. Schedule your mammogram today by calling your medical provider.

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has touched all our lives. For Jeannie Koski a diagnosis of COVID-19 led to an incredible journey of recovery. On December 26, 2021, Jeannie tested positive for COVID-19 and was quarantining at home trying to manage symptoms and monitor her health. By New Year’s Day her oxygen levels dropped and every breath became more and more labored. She was transported by ambulance from her home in Utica to Memorial Hospital in Seward.

Jim Arneson is very familiar with the recovery process and the importance of having the right care following injuries or surgery. Three years ago, missing a bottom step going downstairs resulted in a knee injury requiring surgery and about a year ago a fall led to hip surgery. “One moment you are celebrating with family and the next you are on your way to the Emergency Room.” Jim said.

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 Brenda Roth, ADN, RN and Diabetic Educator. 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. Eighty-six million Americans now have prediabetes – that’s 1 out of 3 adults.

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.

“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.