Every hospital has stories.  

These are a few of ours.

In hospitals, we’re surrounded by stories. Some are incredible. Some are touching and heartfelt. All of them are nice to hear. We recognize that we can talk on and on about the distinctions we’ve been awarded, the services we offer, and the experience of the physicians working in our halls. But only by hearing the stories of those just like you, folks who arrived at our doors anxious or scared and went home healed, can you truly begin to understand who we are, and what we strive for.

You’ll find a number of stories we’ve collected about our hospitals. We’ll be adding more regularly so check back often. Take a read and decide if Abrazo Community Health Network seems like the place for your care, your loved one, or your career.

Our Brain Stories

Edward's Brain Story
Following the discovery of a golf ball sized tumor in his brain, Ed Cerninka got a second opinion, and a second chance at life.

Sydney’s Brain Story
Epilepsy doesn’t just run Sydney Rogers’ life; it often runs the lives of her family, too.

Our Heart and Vascular Stories

Andy's Vascular Story

When his grapefruit-sized aneurysm ruptured, Andy Hassler was airlifted 70 miles to get advanced care at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital.

Kay's Heart Story

New cardiac procedure means Kay Rodrick able to breathe without an oxygen tank.  

Kevin's Vascular Story

For over 30 years, Kevin Dunmire of El Mirage suffered from recurrent episodes of Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Krister's Heart Story

An avid biker, Krister woke up one morning with pain in his shoulder. Five minutes after walking through the doors at Abrazo Peoria Emergency Center, he had a massive heart attack.

Linda's Heart Story

Linda Curry was driving her daughter home when she fell unconscious at the wheel without any warning signs. Linda didn’t have a pulse and was experiencing a full cardiac arrest.

Mike's Heart Story

Mike Collier was on a daily walk with his dog when his leg began to cramp severely. A massive blood clot was putting his life at risk. He was flown from Prescott to Phoenix where he had emergency surgery at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital.

Michelle’s Heart Story

Mother gives heartfelt thank you to first responders and hospital staff for saving her life

Ray's Heart Story

After surviving a heart attack, Ray Bornert is making the most of his second chance at life. he has replaced his favorite donuts, bacon and fast-food burgers with healthier food choices. He's happy to be able to spend time with his loved ones. 

Ronald's Heart Story

Ronald Felstead's hiking buddies performed CPR after he suddenly collapsed and firefighters took him to Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital for treatment.

Tommy's Heart Story

Tommy Dee was one of the first Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital patients to have the new dissolvable heart stent implanted to treat his heart disease.

Vincent's Heart Story

Sometimes a funny feeling is the only warning sign you get. For Vincent Smalls, a morning jog changed his life.

Our Orthopedic Stories

Ann’s Orthopedic Story

Ann Brandt-Williams worried that severe back pain meant she would have to give up hiking and traveling. New robotic spinal surgery has helped her get back into motion.

Rick’s Orthopedic Story

​After a car accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, Rick works hard with Abrazo Central Campus therapists to learn to walk again.

Samantha’s Orthopedic Story

After fracturing vertebrae in her neck, Samantha Townsend worried that she wouldn’t be able to walk, feed herself or finish her college degree. An  Abrazo Central Campus nurse who recovered from a similar neck injury, inspired her to walk again and keep moving forward. 

Sharon’s Orthopedic Story

For an active person like Sharon, nothing was as frustrating as being sidelined by knee pain. A few days after minimally invasive knee surgery, she was back out walking with her husband.

Our Stroke Stories

Andrea G’s Stroke Story

Andrea G. had lived a full life without any serious health concerns when the unimaginable happened. She had a stroke caused  by a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Andrea O’s Stroke Story

When Andrea Olivera suddenly awoke early one morning, her face dropped, her speech slurred and she was weak on the right side of her body.  Her husband helped save her life by recognizing stroke symptoms and getting her the medical help she needed quickly.

Jule's Stroke Story

As a NASCAR fan, Jule Hicks knows a lot about speed. But on Nov. 10, 2013, she learned just how fast life can come to a halt. 

Our Women's Health Stories

Abril’s Women’s Health Story

Few things in life make you feel as helpless as being unsure of your child’s future. For Abril Stovall, this uncertainty began long before her daughter was even born.

Arleen’s Women’s Health Story

A new procedure meant minutes instead of weeks of breast cancer radiation therapy for Arleen Kraynak.  

Dawn's Women's Health Story

Catching her breast cancer early means Dawn beer qualified for new treatment that takes minutes instead of weeks.

Lauren's Women's Health Story

Lauren Tafoya became the first baby born at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in 1988. 28 years later, she returned to the hospital to give birth to her son.

Our Staff and Volunteer Stories

Abe’s Staff Story
When Ibrahim “Abe’’ Farah was approached about working at the Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, he was stationed more than 6,000 miles away at Ramstein Air Force base in Germany.

Courtney’s Staff Story
For Courtney, being the Clinical Coordinator in the ICU at Abrazo Maryvale Campus is more than a job, it's an opportunity to make a difference.

Dr. Ellert's Staff Story
Offering quiet compassion and healing, Abrazo Community Health Network Regional Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Ellert volunteers with Circle the City where the homeless can recover after hospitalization.

Dr. Kravetz’s Staff Story
The Abrazo Central Campus medical museum created by Dr. Robert Kravetz, a retired gastroenterologist, gives visitors a shot of gratitude for advances in health care.

Nancy's Staff Story
Volunteering at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus gave Nancy Dorr a second chance at doing what she loves: helping people.

Dr. Ramaiah's Staff Story
Dr. Venkatesh Ramaiah could have worked almost anywhere. What he saw when he visited the Abrazo Arizona Heart Institute made the decision an easy one.

Richard's Staff Story
For most people, retirement is a long deserved opportunity to put up their feet. ER Volunteer Richard Carpenter isn't most people.

Tiffiny's Staff Story
After three decades as a nurse, Tiffiny is still making a difference in patients’ lives but with a much broader reach.

Tell Us Your Story

If you have a great story to tell about Abrazo Community Health Network, we want to hear it.

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