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Feel Better with Firelands - Spring 2018

Firelands Regional Medical Center brings you stories of inspiration, innovation, and empowerment in its Feel Better with Firelands magazine.

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{ 12 } A N E W C A R E E R Join the Firelands Family Want to start a career at Firelands Regional Medical Center or Firelands Physician Group? We’re hiring for a variety of positions. Browse our open jobs and apply online at today. One Patient’s Journey to Join the Firelands Family If there’s one person who understands the definition of “life-changing”, it’s Truc Bui. Just three years ago, Truc was an average guy working as a service manager at a car dealership in Sandusky with a dependable income and consistent schedule. In February 2015, he found himself in the throes of health issues that would open his eyes to a whole different life. A complete life change. After being diagnosed with appendicitis, Truc was soon in the operating room at Firelands Regional Medical Center for a ruptured appendix. A few days later he was home recovering from surgery, but it wasn’t long before Truc was back in the hospital with a bowel obstruction stemming from the original surgery, requiring an additional three week stay in 3 North at Firelands. This short span of time – a mere four weeks – propelled Truc into a world of change he welcomed with open arms. “I didn’t feel I had helped anyone or accomplished anything in my career up to that point,” said Truc. “Something was missing. I thought to myself, ‘Firelands is a place I can see myself giving my life to.’” His patient experience left an impression bigger than a positive patient survey or a letter to administration could ever portray. For both of his hospital stays, Truc saw Dr. Laffay, who regularly checked on Truc to make sure he was not just okay physically, but mentally, too. Dr. Fred Itzkowitz also cared for Truc during his stay. The superior care he received and the staff on 3 North compelled Truc to change his entire career – not just for any employer, but to be employed by Firelands. “My interaction with everyone – the nursing team, orderlys, even housekeeping – it was unbelievable,” said Truc. “My surgeon, Dr. Laffay, was awesome. I was there during March Madness, and Dr. Laffay would come to my room and sit and watch with me for 15 minutes or so, keeping me company.” Every person he came into contact with took hold in Truc’s heart. He knew he was meant to pursue a healthcare career, and he wanted it to be at Firelands Regional Medical Center. That’s when Truc quit his job at the car dealership, applied to the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing, and began working as an Orderly and Unit Coordinator on 3 North. Truc now works with some of the same people who cared for him three years ago, and he couldn’t be happier. “The 3 North crew is phenomenal,” said Truc. “Working with them reinforces what healthcare is all about. It constantly enhances my motivation.” “My first impression of Truc during the interview process was that he had an extraordinary amount of compassion toward helping people in their time of need,” said Sharon McDowell, BSN, RN,CCRN,OCN, nurse director of 3 North. “Truc has learned quickly and takes excellent care of our patients.” Truc’s voice audibly brightens when he talks about what it’s like to work in the nursing department at Firelands. He raves about the team atmosphere where everyone comes together to work towards the same goals. He says he genuinely enjoys coming to work. “By the time I leave, I’m exhausted,” said Truc. “But at the same time, I leave with renewed energy. Any bad days are completely overshadowed by the knowledge that my patients are being discharged better than they were when I first saw them.” In terms of his career change, Truc says he has no regrets, despite his new, more intense schedule and the uncertainty for his future. He hopes to continue to pursue his goal of becoming a Registered Nurse, but wants to also obtain a higher degree, potentially a Master’s. From there, Truc says he’d love to become a nurse educator so he can pay it forward and help harness more compassionate people who are ready to embark on a healthcare career. “If you’re talking about a life-changing place, Firelands is it,” said Truc. “The essence of Firelands pushed me to get back into the race. This organization takes care of its own people, and it takes care of its patients. I want to be a part of that team.”

SPRING & SUMMER Calendar of events WOMEN & CHILDREN BABY & ME CLASS This fun and educational class will provide opportunity to engage your baby while having experienced developmental therapists coach you through important aspects of development including tummy time, positioning, toy and equipment choice, sensory play, and early language development. This class is a collaboration between speech, occupational, and physical therapists from Firelands Regional Medical Center Children’s S.P.O.T. and Early Intervention. Cost: FREE Walkers: 9:30 – 11 am Erie County Board Of DD 4405 Galloway Rd., Sandusky Thur. March 1: Shamrock Shindig Thur. May 3: Spring Fling Classes are themed. Motor play, sensory and language development stations will be set up to explore development in your one to two year old toddler. Non-walkers: 9:30 – 11 am Firelands South Campus Children’s S.P.O.T. (2nd Floor) 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky Thur. April 12 To register for any class, please call 419-557-7076. Space is limited. BABYSITTING COURSE Children 11 years of age and older will learn important safety info and responsibility guidelines when caring for younger children. Firelands South Campus 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky 8:30 am – 4 pm Cost: $65 Saturday, May 26 Register: 419-557-7840 or BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS The workshop offers fathers-to-be a chance to talk with experienced dads and learn how to confidently engage and relax with their future infants. Veteran dads will share tips on how to calm a crying baby, swaddle an infant, change a diaper, and more. Firelands South Campus 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky 9 am – 12 pm Cost: FREE Saturday, March 3 Saturday, May 5 Call 419-627-4416 to register. BREASTFEEDING BASICS Teaches new parents the benefits of breastfeeding and how to successfully breastfeed their baby. Firelands South Campus 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky 9:30 am – 12 pm Cost: $10 Saturday, March 17 Saturday, April 21 Saturday, May 19 Saturday, June 16 Register: 419-557-7840 or CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION Prepares new parents for childbirth and caring for their new baby. Firelands South Campus 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky Cost: $35 Wed., Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28 6–8:30 pm Wed., April 4, 11, 18, 25 6–8:30 pm Wed.,May 2, 9, 16, 23 6–8:30 pm Tue., June 5, 12, 19, 26 6–8:30 pm Fri. & Sat., July 27 & 28 6–9 pm & 9am–4 pm Register: 419-557-7840 or CHILDBIRTH REFRESHER Anyone who has previously taken a full childbirth education course may repeat the course for $10. Although welcome to attend an entire course, parents can limit their attendance to select classes of the course, which will provide information for review. Cost: $10 Friday & Saturday Course: Attend Saturday only, 9 am – 3 pm Weekday Course: Attend 2nd and 3rd night of the 4-class course Register: 419-557-7840 or PEDIATRIC THERAPY SUMMER PROGRAM All sessions are led by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and/or speech-language pathologists. Dates and times will be available soon at HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK Parents will learn a step-by-step approach to soothe the fussiest baby. Based on the techniques of world-renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp. Cost: FREE Firelands South Campus 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky Tuesday, March 20 12:30–2:30 pm Tuesday, May 8 6–8 pm Tuesday, June 5 12:30–2:30 pm Wednesday, July 18 6–8 pm Register: 419-557-7840 or Erie County Health Department 420 Superior St., Sandusky Wednesday, April 11 12:30–2:30 pm Register: 419-626-5623 or CPR FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS Designed to prepare people to provide CPR in a safe, timely and effective manner to adults, children and infants. This program is intended for people with no medical training who want to learn more about CPR, AED use and choking. Firelands South Campus 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky 9 am – 12 pm Cost: $10/person or $15/couple Saturday, April 28 Register: 419-557-7840 or SIBLING COURSE This course prepares children for the upcoming birth of their sibling by helping them feel comfortable with the hospital setting and the visiting routine after birth. Firelands Main Campus 1111 Hayes Ave., Sandusky 10 – 11:30 am Cost: $10 per family Saturday, June 2 Register: 419-557-7840 or STORK EXPRESS Free program designed to give pregnant women the opportunity to start on paperwork that is required during their hospital stay. For any mom-to-be that is at least 34 weeks into her pregnancy. Firelands Main Campus 1111 Hayes Ave., Sandusky 9–11 am Saturday, March 10 Saturday, April 14 Saturday, May 12 Saturday, June 9 Saturday, July 14 To register, visit: