On Wednesday, August 22, 2017, Jerry Shaft from Tower Hill was Dr. Tracy Painter’s first surgery at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. In fact, Shaft’s arthroscopic rotator cuff repair was the first orthopedic surgery in 15 years in Shelbyville.
Shaft says that his shoulder injury came from years of highly physical use.
“I remember hurting it bailing hay at the age of 14. But it finally went last spring when I was trying to clear some brush. I heard a pop, and I knew that was it.”
When Dr. Painter came to Shelbyville, Shaft decided to have it evaluated. After reading Shaft’s x-rays and a thorough evaluation, Dr. Painter scheduled the surgery.
“I’m really looking forward to going fishing again,” said Shaft. “I couldn’t enjoy it before my surgery, and I had completely run out of fish to eat. I’m excited to think I will be able to fill my freezer with catfish again.”
Shaft is very thankful this option was available to him so close to home.
“The people at Good Shepherd Hospital put me at ease. Dr. Painter is easy to talk to, and the surgery team made me laugh before the surgery. You can’t ask for better than laughing before the operation,” said Shaft. “Everybody was very nice, and they didn’t keep me waiting. I got right in for my appointments. I was very happy to be able to do this in Shelbyville. I might have lived with it if I couldn’t have had the surgery done in the county."
He continued, “I like Dr. Painter a lot. I have been telling my friends and my grandson to see him. He is a great doctor, and his bedside manner is nice. I liked him because he spoke so plainly to me. I understood what he was going to do. This hospital is a great place to come. I will be back for their help with other troubles. I have lots of confidence in Good Shepherd Hospital.”
It’s been three months since Shaft’s repair, and while a rotator cuff repair heals slowly, he’s pleased with his progress.
“It’s getting there! I am going to Good Shepherd’s rehabilitation services for therapy three times a week. I like them a lot. They have been great to me, too,” said Shaft. “I look forward to spring when I can cast a fishing line again. Right now, I am still careful with my shoulder because I don’t want to do any harm to it. But I can walk around without holding my arm, and that’s a big relief.”
HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital President and CEO, Aaron Puchbauer said, “I have worked with Dr. Painter for several years at St. Francis in Litchfield. I have been so excited to add him as an orthopedic surgeon on our medical staff in Shelbyville. I know how conscientious he is with his patients. I know him as a great guy; and I was certain he would be a good fit for our community.”
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.