In Their Own Words

The physicians and staff of FHN affect the lives of so many, by providing expert care from diagnosis to recovery. Here are some of our patients' stories.


Jim Kerr TruMatch® makes Jim Kerr a happy camper
Before his knee replacement surgery, Jim Kerr couldn't mow the lawn, climb a ladder, or participate in some of his favorite campground activities. TruMatch from FHN changed all that...and now he is doing things he hadn't done in quite some time. Read More.


Shane Stouffer The test was no big deal. Yet it ended up saving my life.
"I would never have done it if it wasn't required by my health and wellness program." That's what Shane Stouffer of Winslow said about the colonoscopy that, according to him and his doctors, saved his life. Read More.


Josie McDermott "I am so grateful that FHN helped keep me on the playing field"
Josie McDermott heard her knee 'pop' at club soccer practice. It didn’t really hurt, so the determined standout just kept playing. When it started to buckle later, she knew she needed a professional opinion. That's when she turned to FHN orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Greg Dammann. Read More.


Tom Klemm FHN team puts alderman back on his feet
Ten years ago, Tom Klemm missed a step and hurt his foot. For years the discomfort would come and go, agitated by exercise or long shopping trips. When the pain got more frequent and severe, Tom decided he needed expert help. Read More.


Larry Feiner "My Heart Was In the Right Place"
Larry Feiner was sitting at his desk at Midwest Bank, working on the computer like any standard workday. But when a sharp, numbing pain radiated across his chest two days in a row, he knew it was anything but normal. Read More.


Catherine Banks Happy for the ER "Just Down the Street"
Two decades ago, Catherine Banks had a scary long-term episode with hives that was never fully resolved. After that incident, her doctor told her to hurry to the emergency room if she ever experienced swelling of the tongue or difficulty breathing. Twenty years later, she recalled his advice... Read More.


FHN Hospice Care Helps Stitch Together Final Memories
Soon after Dorothy Ellinor entered FHN’s hospice program, her daughter, Diane Dietmeier, found 20 embroidered quilt squares in her mother's linen closet. Dorothy had always wanted to make a quilt with them, but hadn't quite gotten to it. Pragmatists at heart, the two looked at each other and said, "We better get going." Read More.


Introducing Porter's top-notch tonsil team
Porter Krolow had a typical childhood ailment. Trouble was, he didn't know it. Come to find out, he needed surgery. Read More.


She walked in...and danced out
Tyoni Martin hadn't had a mammogram in nine years, since she moved to Lake Summerset from California. FHN's convenient Walk-in-Wednesday program prompted her to finally get tested...and she is happy she did. Read More.


Putting miles on my Model A...
Jerry Gill fought head and neck cancer for six years before coming to The Center for Wound Healing at FHN. Because the cancer was of unknown origin, he needed broad radiation. This procedure caused significant side effects, including stubborn infections that simply were not healing. Read More.


FHN was her lifesaver
She usually has a lot of energy. But three years ago around Labor Day, Pat Willging was exhausted. "Just beat," she said, "and out of it after putting in my shift at CONTACT. I sat for hours. When I got up, I collapsed in a heap. It was the start of quite an ordeal." Read More.


FHN and Lily...well worth the travel time.
It's not exactly the Oregon Trail, but it can be a long ride when you are expecting. Yet Jessica Engle and her husband, Brian, didn’t hesitate to make the trek to Freeport when they found out they were having a third child. Even though they had multiple options, they chose FHN and Courtney DanPullo, MD...and are happy they did. Read More.


Shoulder surgery is a weighty issue. At FHN, we help lighten the load.
Jeff Lyrenmann is an award-winning competitor and tenacious trainer. The owner of IPF Training in Freeport makes his living helping people maximize their fitness and meet their CrossFit goals. So when he heard a loud "pop" in his right shoulder in August 2013, he knew it could be a serious injury — one that could impact his livelihood and his passion. Read More.


A star is born...with the help of FHN's OB team.
When Vivienne Yvonne Marten made her debut six weeks early, she made it very clear she was ready for primetime. Though premature, she was healthy overall and a big hit with her mommy and daddy. With a few days' time amid the skillful care of FHN's OB team, the 'tiny but terrific' infant was able to avoid a trip to Rockford and stay close to home. Read More.


"I just wasn't feeling right. But I didn't want to make a big deal out of nothing."
Personally, I am grateful for the security I get from knowing FHN is right here when I need help. If it wasn't for the professional and insightful care I received in the FHN Emergency Room, I might not be here. Read More.


Diabetes Education: Nutritional Management
Ronnie had attended classes with Certified Diabetic Educator Nicolette Drane years ago, but needed a refresher. "I knew I was tempting fate by not eating right." Read More.