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Patient Stories
Patient Story - Anthony "Tony" Shonebarger

Anthony “Tony” Shonebarger felt that he was in good physical shape as he neared 50 years of age, so when he began experiencing symptoms indicating a heart attack, he dismissed the symptoms as fatigue and dehydration.  As his symptoms worsened, Tony decided to seek medical care at Licking Memorial Hospital Emergency Department where he was diagnosed with a ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and taken into surgery.  Read how the quick actions of the LMH staff and Cardiologist Hassan Rajjoub, M.D., helped save Tony’s life.

| Posted On : 2/1/2021 12:10:30 PM |
Patient Story - Charles "Zane" Wachtel

In 2011, Charles “Zane” Wachtel underwent surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).  Last summer, he began experiencing severe back pain and discovered that an endoleak in the two-piece stent that had repaired his AAA several years ago had created a bulge in his abdominal aorta, and surgery was required to reline the stent.

| Posted On : 1/8/2021 1:56:59 PM |
Patient Story - Todd Shroyer

Todd Shroyer was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome shortly after experiencing numbing sensations in his hands and feet.  His symptoms worsened to the point that he could not breathe on his own and needed to be placed on a ventilator.  After being treated for the disease, Todd needed physical therapy to regain functions he lost during the illness.  He chose Licking Memorial Hospital Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation for his follow-up care and underwent intensive therapy for three hours a day, five days per week.

| Posted On : 12/7/2020 10:09:31 AM |
Patient Story - Cynthia Jenny

When Cynthia Jenny was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she realized that she needed to learn how to make a complete lifestyle change.  With the help of her primary care physician, Garth Bennington, M.D., of Licking Memorial Family Practice – West Main, and Licking Memorial Diabetes Self-management Education Services, Cynthia was able to successfully manage her type 2 diabetes.

| Posted On : 11/2/2020 11:23:41 AM |
Patient Story - Michael DeLong

For several years, Michael DeLong struggled with controlling his symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – an inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.  Last year, Michael began receiving visits from a Licking Memorial Community Case Manager who helped him connect with the physicians and care specialists he needed to manage his COPD.

| Posted On : 10/26/2020 4:23:57 PM |
Patient Story - Paula Davis

After surviving a horrific traffic accident, Paula Davis began to experience memory loss and sudden, uncontrollable emotions of sadness and anger.  She visited a psychiatrist who diagnosed her with bipolar disorder.  When her symptoms were not relieved by therapy and medication, Paula contacted Brandon J. Chandos, M.D., of Licking Memorial Neurology, who discovered that she suffered from a neurological condition called pseudobulbar affect (PBA).

| Posted On : 10/12/2020 10:46:53 AM |
Patient Story - Robert "Larry" Thompson

Severe stomach pain in the middle of the night prompted Larry Thompson’s wife to call the ambulance and have him taken to the LMH Emergency Department.  Richard J. Limperos, M.D., quickly recognized the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).  The swift actions of Dr. Limperos and the ED staff saved Larry’s life.

| Posted On : 9/8/2020 9:48:32 AM |
Patient Story - Hannah Pellett

After a traumatic labor with her first child, Hannah Pellett decided that she wanted more control over her birthing experience with her second child.  She and her husband, Tom, attended the Baby Expo at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH), received a tour of the LMH Maternity area and learned about the technology, equipment and techniques offered during labor to provide the positive birthing experience Hannah desired.

| Posted On : 7/2/2020 11:37:41 AM |
Patient Story - Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis has battled cancer twice and faced both situations with faith, perseverance and humor.  She credits regular mammograms and self-examination to detecting the cancer early and increasing her treatment success.

| Posted On : 6/9/2020 11:36:48 AM |
Patient Story - Dan Omlor

Dan Omlor had ignored the warning signs of potential heart problems until friends encouraged him to visit Hassan Rajjoub, M.D., at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH).  Dan's consultation with Dr. Rajjoub resulted in a heart catheterization, which led to a surgery that saved his life.

| Posted On : 5/28/2020 10:46:32 AM |
Patient Story - John Coen

John Coen takes blood thinner medication for atrial fibrillation (AFib) and receives treatment at Licking Memorial Medication Therapy Clinic. When John scheduled a colonoscopy because he is at risk for colon cancer, the Medication Therapy Clinic staff coordinated with his gastroenterologist to make adjustments to his medication dosage to prepare him for the procedure.

| Posted On : 5/28/2020 10:39:23 AM |
Patient Story - Joan Davis

Joan Davis couldn’t figure out why she was having chronic headaches until she visited Tayla Greathouse, M.D., and discovered she has type 2 diabetes. Despite her efforts to manage her blood sugar level through a healthy diet and exercise, Joan needed some extra help from Licking Memorial Endocrinology.

| Posted On : 9/2/2014 11:15:07 AM |
Patient Story - Caleb Aeby

Ten-year-old Caleb Aeby has made huge strides in his grades and activities in the last two years with the help of his Licking Memorial Pediatrics Physician and the Active•Fit Program!

| Posted On : 8/26/2014 3:53:49 PM |
Patient Story - Steve DeMers

In October of 2013, Deacon Steve DeMers was rushed to Licking Memorial Hospital for symptoms of a stroke. Steve has been treated for heart issues since childhood, and needed crucial medical care at LMH to avoid permanent health damage. Steve said the competent care he received from LMH has helped him recover, and he is now using therapy at LMHS to restore some of the effects on his mobility and speech.

| Posted On : 8/20/2014 9:07:40 AM |
Patient Story – Buck Slack

Patient Story: West Licking County Resident Buck Slack received treatment for a broken leg through the LMH Emergency Room.

| Posted On : 8/6/2014 9:00:00 AM |
Patient Story – Joseph Carbaugh

Congratulations to Joe Carbaugh, who is now tobacco free: “I started to realize that with this program (LMH Quit for Your Health tobacco cessation program), I was going to be able to remain on this Earth a little longer and stay with my family. All my family is very proud of me. My family doctor (Thomas K. Petryk, M.D.) even congratulated me and shook my hand. If it were not for all of them, I would not have been able to quit. I am very blessed – very fortunate.” – Joe Carbaugh.

| Posted On : 6/20/2014 8:41:55 AM |
LMH Pain Clinic Restores Quality of Life

For 84 year-old Richard Hughes, the Licking Memorial Hospital Pain Clinic has been life changing. Richard went from barely mobile to walking with a cane after receiving treatment from Pain Clinic physicians Deborah Coates, D.O., FAOCA and Abhay Anand, M.D.

| Posted On : 4/14/2014 9:09:39 AM |
Transplant Patient Thankful for LMH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

“I would not have received the transplant if not for the caring therapists in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at LMH,” Michael Graham of Buckeye Lake said. “Before being approved for a new lung, I had to put in a lot of hard work to prove that I was physically and mentally eligible for it. The LMH Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff really helped me establish that drive and tenacity for myself.”

| Posted On : 4/10/2014 8:13:36 AM |
Patient Story - Eschol Curl

Licking Memorial Hospital Urgent Care facilities are open to the community, without an appointment, seven days a week, except for holidays.  For Eschol Curl, Jr., receiving care at one of our Urgent Care facilities has been a successful treatment option.  

| Posted On : 4/4/2014 8:30:00 AM |
Heart to Play Program Ends Another Successful Year

Seventh grader Michael Galiher loves playing basketball, dirt-biking and being outdoors.  Until he received his free cardiac sports screening through Licking Memorial Health Systems’ Heart to Play Program, Michael had no idea that he had a potential deadly heart disorder known as Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. 

| Posted On : 3/24/2014 8:51:03 AM |
Patient Story – Josh Pennington

A series of intuitive decisions led Josh Pennington, Pastor of More Life Church in Newark, to the right place at the right time on September 4, 2013.  A few minutes’ difference in that day’s timeline could have been deadly for Josh when he suffered a heart attack at the young age of 35 years.

| Posted On : 3/20/2014 11:54:46 PM |
Patient Story – Carol Marston

When Carol Marston’s knee pain began preventing her from enjoying life, she received two successful knee replacement surgeries at Licking Memorial Hospital. After her knee replacement procedures at LMH, Carol has been able to resume the activities that define her quality of life.

| Posted On : 3/6/2014 11:20:56 AM |