At Henry Ford Health System, we don’t just treat illness or disease. We treat people. Our patients’ lives are touched by the compassion, dedication and expertise of our staff in thousands of different ways every day, whether it’s a lifesaving treatment or simply a reassuring smile and kind word. Every patient’s story is unique. We are grateful for those who allow us to share their stories here:
A newly-donated portable heart-lung support system is credited as the crucial component in saving the life of a 49-year old patient, Michelle Rachuk, at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.
Karen Glugla, mother of four, had her second heart attack before age 46 due to a rare heart condition called SCAD.
Scott Salow is the superintendent for Homer Schools and coach of their baseball team. Ten years ago, he was one of the youngest people to have open-heart surgery at the Henry Ford Allegiance Heart and Vascular Center.
Knee pain may have saved Western School District Superintendent Michael Smajda from a major heart attack. He was scheduled to have a knee replaced last summer, but he ended up having open-heart surgery instead.
Hana Sarkees spent last New Year’s Eve dancing at a celebration with her family. But on Jan. 2, 2017, she suffered a massive heart attack and stroke.
Restoring classic cars can be rewarding, but the hard work takes a toll on the body. This was the case for classic car specialist Ron Hausmann, who started to experience pain in his hips and joints.
After successful open-heart surgery at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Rochelle says she has more energy and is more active than she has been in a long time.
As someone who hit the gym hard four to five times a week, Carl Miller thought he was immune to cardiac disease—until his first heart attack at age 43.
A Gulf War veteran, longtime federal law enforcement special agent, and marathon runner Greg Weglowski never expected to experience a heart attack - and definitely not at 40.
Mary Neff knew something was off and wasn’t feeling well. When she began to experience heaviness in her chest, she paid a visit to an interventional cardiologist.
After suffering a massive heart attack, Bryan Runstadler was rushed to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and received life-saving emergency cardiac support and bypass surgery.
"They got be back on my feet right away and that helped me get back to my farm work,” he said. “I didn’t sit in a recliner after retirement, and I couldn’t just sit still after my surgery."
Within seven months of having quadruple bypass surgery at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Scott was back on the field refereeing varsity football, and was able to referee the entire basketball season.