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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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{ 4 } S P I N E & NEUROSURGERY Ted Lux Dr. Dale Braun When former radio personality Ted Lux met Dr. Dale Braun in the 1980’s through a colleague, he didn’t even have the title “doctor” yet. Dr. Braun was in training to be a physician, but even then, Ted Lux knew he would someday need his services. “I had undergone back surgery in 1980 and I knew it wasn’t a permanent solution because that’s how back surgery is,” he recalls. “When I met Dale and we became friends, I told him, ‘Hurry up and become a neurosurgeon. I’m going to need you!’” For more than 20 years, Ted and Dr. Braun remained friends. eir friendship endured while Dr. Braun was in private practice at Hillcrest Hospital in Cleveland and then when he moved to Sandusky. Ted’s life also changed throughout their friendship. He enjoyed a successful radio career for 25 years before joining the City of Brecksville, where he still works as the Events Coordinator for their senior center. “Ted was on the radio and a voice in the community in Cleveland for so long, we called him the ‘father of radio’” Dr. Braun recalls. “He is truly a first-class individual. I first became his physician in the 1990’s at Hillcrest and have been honored to remain his physician here.” In 2009, Ted began experiencing severe back pain and he knew just who to see. “I told my wife and son that I was going to see my good friend, even if it meant making the trip from my home in Brecksville to Sandusky.” he says. Aer thorough a evaluation in February 2010, Dr. Braun recommended spinal fusion surgery to ease Ted’s pain and to get him back to living his life again. He and his family were so happy with the care he received during his surgery that he has made gis in tribute to Dr. Braun and the care team at Firelands every year since then. “I could’ve gone to University Hospitals or to the Cleveland Clinic or to MetroHealth, but I trust Dr. Braun and I think he and Firelands are the best.” Ted says. “From the moment I stepped in the door at Firelands, I knew it was a first-class hospital in a small town. I was so impressed with how I received individualized care.” Ted and his family haven’t had to make the trip to Sandusky in a few years, meaning Ted’s spinal health has been great. Yet, he knows that when he does need care again in the future, he can rely on Dr. Braun and on Firelands. “When I met Dale and we became friends, I told him, ‘Hurry up and become a neurosurgeon. I’m going to need you’.”

{ 5 } NEUROSURGERY S P I N E & “Firelands is so welcoming, and so unlike the medical centers in a big city, where you are just a number.” Ted says. “I feel right at home at Firelands. I’ve made gis throughout the years because I know what a great physician Dr. Braun is and I know that he and Firelands are the best.” For Dr. Braun, that recognition is humbling and reflects the team approach that Firelands strives to take with each patient. “I’m always touched and amazed when people make tribute gis,” he says. “We’re just doing what we’re supposed to be doing. We are doing our jobs. e tribute gis make me feel great. It tells me that the care–the total care–that they received at Firelands is top notch.” Say Thank You to Your Doctor National Doctors’ Day – March 30, 2018 Many patients wish to express their gratitude for the care received by their doctor…the “guardian angel” of their health as Ted has done for Dr. Braun. Extending your appreciation to your physician this Doctors’ Day is easy. You may: Call 419-557-7150 to request a Doctors’ Day package to be sent to you for your use. This package contains a free Thank You card and mailing envelope for you to write a personal message to your doctor. You may further designate a tribute gift in honor of your doctor. We will notify your physician of your gift in his or her honor (the amount of your gift will be kept confidential). Doctors’ Day gifts can be made by: Mailing a check to The Foundation for Firelands 1111 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky OH 44870 By credit card online at: By phone at 419-557-7150 Text myangel to 41-444 Thank you for your support of the exceptional work done not only by the physicians who choose to practice at Firelands Regional Medical Center, but also for your support of everyone who strives to provide the community we serve with excellent patient care.