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National Healthcare Decisions Day, which takes place Tuesday, April 16, is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding health care and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.
Michael Marusich didn’t want to go to the doctor: He was tired of being treated like a number. But when a good friend recommended Dr. David E. Law at MultiCare Internal Medicine in Tacoma, Marusich agreed to give him a chance. That decision may have saved his life.
August 2010 was a life-changing month for Angie Hart. On August 7, Hart’s brother-in-law Chadd was killed in Kentucky. On August 8, the expectant mother was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome and rushed by ambulance to MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. On August 9, Bailey Rainn Miller was born by emergency cesarean section – nine weeks early and weighing just 2 pounds, 13 ounces.
“Five years ago, on Dec. 13, 2007, my daughter was born. She weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces. I was 24 weeks and five days along.” That’s the beginning of a letter that arrived this month, addressed to the moms and the dads who have a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. The letter accompanied a box with a special gift inside.
Chloe Taylor had no reason to think that she was suffering from a heart condition when she collapsed at home and was rushed to MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. “How lucky we are to have a state-of-the-art hospital here in Puyallup, staffed with very capable and caring people,” Chloe says. “I couldn’t have gotten better care anywhere else.”
When tests revealed that Tim Carter was suffering from multivessel coronary artery disease, "I started thinking this could be the end of my life." After he was transported to the MultiCare Regional Heart & Vascular Center at Tacoma General Hospital, "I just knew I would be OK."
A baby's heart defect was detected thanks to a painless test offered to newborns at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. "I feel very lucky that we decided to do the test. I feel very lucky that we were at Tacoma General," the boy's mother told KING 5 TV. "I think the stars aligned. Somebody was looking out for us, for him, and it essentially saved his life."
At exactly 11 a.m. on 11-11-11, a lucky baby girl was born in the Family Birth Center at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital.
Cancer survivor Jennifer Taylor stayed near her young kids for treatment, while her doctors stayed connected to the latest and best medicine. "They saved my life," she said. "They made it possible for me to be here for my kids."
Five months after undergoing an innovative heart procedure at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, a Puyallup man has regained the active lifestyle he thought he had lost forever. Now he hopes to build enough strength to someday summit Mount Rainier - a lifelong dream for the 61-year-old who grew up in the mountain's shadow.
Karen Hill sat in her bathroom getting ready to go to bed just after 1 a.m. in early January, when her fingers stopped working. She reached for her pajamas to put them on but couldn't grasp them.