Green Bay, Wis. – A 64-year-old Green Bay man was discharged from HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, April 29 after a 3-week battle with COVID-19.
“I was following the rules, staying at home, and would only go out to get groceries or gas,” said Ken. “I really don’t know how I came down with this, but when it hits, it hits hard.”
Ken is sharing his story as a way to encourage all to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and to follow all the necessary steps to help curb the spread of the virus in our communities, including staying safe at home and practicing physical distancing and good hygiene. He was interviewed by hospital staff in his hospital room just prior to his discharge on Wednesday, in accordance with infection prevention protocols.
“I really just want people to realize how this can affect your life,” said Ken, who has a wife, three adult children and three grandchildren. “Staying at home is hard, but battling this illness is so much harder.”
Ken is grateful for the care he received at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, and for all those in health care fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in our local communities.
“From the bottom of my heart, I thank you,” said Ken. “You are the true, real heroes and angels to me.”
When it was time for Ken to be discharged, nurses escorted him through the hospital in a wheelchair while medical staff lined the hallways to applaud his brave battle with COVID-19. Upon his arrival outside the hospital, Ken was greeted by his wife of 35 years, Wendy, and several other family members.
HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center is honored to have cared for Ken and wishes him the very best on his road to recovery at home.
About HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center has been delivering quality health care to Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1903. Patients benefit from a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, emergency care, preventive care across the lifespan, digestive health, orthopedic, and cardiac care. An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, the hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center has been named one of the “100 Top Hospitals” nationwide and is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people.
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. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.