Our Patient’s Stories
Cecilia Serafini-Smith | 2X Heart Attack Survivor
Tonie Cisneros | Robotic Surgery Recipient
Louis Hunter | Cancer Survivor
Gary Brandt | Stroke Survivor
Denise Nelson | Breast Cancer Survivor
An avid tennis player and grandmother, Denise Nelson radiates positive energy. When she discovered a lump in her breast, her mother, a 3-time cancer survivor, told her to Call Nurse Martha at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's Breast Health Center. Martha immediately helped schedule a 3D Mammography and an MRI for Denise. These advanced screenings revealed cancer in both breasts. After intense treatment and lots of TLC, Denise is loving life and getting back in the game. She says she's grateful to everyone at The Robert & Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center for their excellent care and compassion.
Tessa Morton | Born at 29 weeks - 1 lb, 3oz
Art Pauly | 3X Stroke Survivor
Lauren Lewan | Rehabilitation Patient
An avid athlete, Lauren Lewan has used the Sports Medicine Center (SMC) services at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center since the mid 1980's, receiving care for her various sports related injuries. When her son injured himself wrestling, she brought him to the SMC as well. As an adult, Lauren has continued to trust the Physical Therapy Department for her rehab needs. Recently, while training for a half marathon, Lauren developed a debilitating hip Bursitis. With the race day approaching, again she turned to the physical therapy department she’s trusted for the past 30 years. '“I’ve been going to [PVHMC] for my sports injuries since I was in high school, and that’s a long time! It’s the only place I would ever go. I just feel so confident and comfortable with them.
Lauren limped into her first physical therapy appointment, unable to walk normally, much less train for a race, due to severe pain on the side of her hip. She was adamant about keeping the half marathon on her race calendar. While others suggested Lauren not train or race at all, her therapist was much more optimistic. Lauren started on a customized therapy program including pain relieving and anti-inflammatory modalities, stretching and strengthening exercises for the hip, and alternative cardiovascular training so she wouldn’t decondition. Lauren was determined, and her therapist was confident.
Competing in the half marathon was important to Lauren, because she was doing so to support one of her students with Tourette Syndrome. Two and a half months after limping into Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC), Lauren competed in her first half marathon. There’s no stopping her now, as she’s currently registered to participate in the hospital’s Holiday Half Marathon on December 14th. Lauren’s grateful to the Hospital’s rehabilitation team for their care and support over the years and she’s excited to be racing again!
My Cardiac Experience - Mr. Miller
On Nov. 15, I was at my yearly doctor check up at the Chino Hills facility with Dr. Wohlert who has replaced Dr. Fontan my former physician. I told her of some chest pain I had recently that happens only when on a brisk walk. She ran a EKG a couple of times and they both came back with an inverted T wave which you may or may not know is a huge red flag in the world of cardiology. She consulted Dr. Mathiau of your top notch cardio team and he said get me to the main hospital ASAP which my wife and I did. My wife also works at PVHMC she is a Nurse Manager in the women's center. Her name is Susan.
Anyway the cardiac team quickly determined through investigative questioning and 9 more EKG's that a deadly widow maker heart attack was imminent because the EKG's were progressively getting worse.
I then witnessed a well greased, fine tuned, everybody on the same page team of intuitive cardiologists, nurses, Cath Lab Crew and support staff urgently swing into action and literally through their efforts and expertise, saved my life! Also the cardio recovery as well as the admitting crew deserve recognition for their urgent diligence. They were all very attentive, helpful, courteous, patient, and very friendly.
Please share this note with all of them as well the rest of the hospital staff so everybody can share in my joy at the second chance they've given me.
I owe my life to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
THANK YOU ALL!!
My ER Experience - Lindsay Cirrincione
Today I was seen in your ER for an injured thumb. I have been seen by Dr. Moore once before and today he passed by, greeted me, and looked at my chart. He made casual conversation which made an uneasy situation more comfortable. His bedside manner is wonderful - both professional and familiar at the same time. When I overheard his conversations with other patients, I realized the dedication and compassion this man embodies. Dr. Moore is one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever dealt with or seen.
Also I would like to compliment the timely manner in which I was treated and released, for such a minor condition. Furthermore, I'd like to extend my thanks to Erin Miller, PA-C, who saw and released me. She's extremely kind, very positive, gave great advice and references to different doctors that accept my insurance. The EMT Ryan, who helped with my cast today, was great as well, and kept coming back to talk and cheer me up.
Any time I have been there, I've been very pleased with the treatment and the entire hospital. The staff is kind, not cold, and treats everyone the same - nobody is of lesser value. I'm very impressed with the entire staff - in my experience, they double and triple check the patients being seen, and make sure we have everything we need. I'd like to bring to point that the people at registration give a positive first impression of the hospital. The line went quickly, and when I got to the window, they made it as easy as I could have imagined. They're the first people a patient deals with, and their uplifting, positive attitudes put me at ease.
I can guarantee that if I ever (hopefully not anytime soon) get hurt or need to see a doctor; I'm going to Pomona Valley Hospital.
She went from an NICU Baby to a hocky player for the Anahiem Lady Ducks!
On May 8th weighing in at 4pounds 10 ounces we were able to bring her home but only on the condition that she was hooked up to oxygen and a heart monitor. We thank God that Baylee was in the hands of a great NICU team at Pomona Valley Hospital who loved her and cared for her very much. Today Baylee is part of another team the Anaheim Lady Ducks 12 and under ice hockey team. Baylee or "Peewee" which is what everyone calls her is in her in her 5th year with the Lady Ducks. Baylee, representing the great state of California, has been to Nationals twice, once playing "up" as a 10-year-old on the 12U team and brought home a bronze medal, and now she is looking forward to a third trip this year. She is a leader on her team in scoring and in attitude she is always positive and has a constant smile on her face. She has zero birth defects and does excellent in 7th grade at Sowers Middle School where she also enjoys running cross country and is determined to break the school record. At Pomona Valley Hospital the staff told us that Baylee survived because she was tough, a fighter, had the heart of a lion and never gave up, and that is true still today in everything she does. Baylee isn't satisfied in just getting by; instead she thrives on being excellent in everything she does, and isn't satisfied until she has "lit the lamp" at least a couple times in a game.
Thank you PVHMC for your love and care for our little girl.
Kevin Trani a.k.a. Dad
My experience at PVHMC by Larry Anderson
This is an open letter to the ER staff and the CICU personnel at Pomona Hospital Medical Center in Pomona California and the Los Angeles Fire Department who responded to The Best Western Motel on the morning of September 22nd, 2010.
My wife Donna and I were on a road trip and stayed the night in Rowland Heights on September 21, 2010. At 1am on September 22nd I awoke unable to talk and move my left side. My wife called 911 immediately and the Los Angeles Fire Department and their personnel were there in minutes. The next thing I knew I was at the ER room at Pomona Hospital Medical Center and a whole team of professionals were working on me. Not one minute was wasted in evaluating me. The god Lord was on my side and put me in a place where efficiency and compassion walked hand in hand. To Jo Jo I say yes, I will always remember your name. You were beside me the whole time and were extremely kind to my worried wife during my evaluation. I would also like to mention Karen Tse-Chang for her help co-coordinating my care in CICU right up to my release. It turned out I didn’t have a bleed and was a candidate for a tPA injection. Under the right circumstances this is truly a miracle drug and I am still here to prove that thanks to the quick action of all the ER staff.
After the care in the ER I was transferred to CICU and again received the best care a patient could ask for. The nursing staff was excellent and I was treated with the utmost compassion and caring that far surpasses just doing a job. To all who watched over me for the next two days I say “Thank You”. You all are a credit to your profession and will remain in a very special place in my heart.
I have reached a new opinion on life in general and have come to the conclusion there are a whole lot more wonderful people out there than bad. I suppose a near death experience will do that to some but I can truly say I am not the same person that I was before the stroke. I have you all to thank for this change. You are all a credit to your profession. I believe the good Lord put me exactly where I needed to be and you all were His right hand. Thank you all so much for being there for me from my wife and I. Thanks to all of you we are back in our country home in West Virginia and it never looked so good!