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Down Main Street 5/8/19

It seems almost surreal to state, McKenzie Hospital saved my life.
A late summer weekend evening in 2017 was the time when a perfect storm of events led me to seek treatment from the Emergency Department at McKenzie Health System.
I reported to the hospital at the insistence of family members, after a hefty spell of dinner regurgitation, for what was suspected to be gallbladder issues.
The McKenzie staff was professional and focused while determining the root cause of my trouble. It wasn’t long before the results of my diagnostic tests were communicated.
There was good news and bad news. The good news, no gallstones. Bad news, a 2.5cm hypo dense mass on my left kidney. Yup, it was malignant tumor. I don’t believe anyone is ever prepared for such news.
Subsequent testing confirmed the preliminary results and I was referred to a surgeon that was able to remove “old Charlie” from my life. Early detection and intervention was the key to my survival.
I will never forget the personal health champions at McKenzie and are forever in their debt.
Recently, I have been working with the McKenzie Health System Foundation- Circle of Friends Committee.
I jumped at the opportunity to join the organization in a meaningful way to assist and ensure the preservation of our locally owned non-profit hospital.
The group enjoyed its first success when the first of two new ambulances was added to the first responder fleet.
Fresh on the heels of their first accomplishment, the foundation quickly set their sights on the next lifesaving goal of a three dimensional mammography machine. When it comes to cancer, early detection and treatment is the key to extending life. Both the ambulances and mammography machine are lifesavers.
Next week marks the beginning of National Hospital Week. A time to celebrate and support local healthcare.
You can make a difference and become a lifesaver too. Donations of any amount are encouraged and accepted.
As you can imagine, the hospital is near and dear to my heart.
Several hospital events are planned next week including a special remote radio heath care broadcast on Monday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on WMIC – 660 AM.
Donations to the McKenzie Health System Foundation can be sent to the hospital at 120 Delaware St., Sandusky, MI 48471. For more information contact Foundation Manager Nina Barnett at 810-648-6127.

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