It was Christmas Eve in New Richmond, Wisconsin, and Stan and Kelly Sias were celebrating with their extended family. Then Stan started to feel weird.
“At some point, I looked down and I had a death grip on the kitchen counter, and I wasn’t sure why,” he said. “As soon as I started to let go, I started tipping over.”
A relative thought that Stan must be having a stroke and needed to go to the hospital. They called Westfields Hospital on the way, and as Stan put it, “They were certainly expecting us.”
Westfields springs into action
Once Stan arrived, the Westfields caretakers went to work, running tests, asking questions and exploring every possible symptom.
“Everything went smoothly, there was no waiting or downtime,” Kelly said. “It was great. The attention, the communication, the multiple times that people reviewed it. I never felt like this wasn’t happening fast enough or that we were waiting too long.”
“I felt like I was the only one getting care at the facility,” Stan added. “It was a flurry of activity.”
In fact, Stan had had a stroke and an ambulance was called to take him to Regions Hospital, where he would spend a couple of days before returning home to Hudson.
Even for those two days, he didn’t feel like your typical stroke patient.
“I was kind of an anomaly on the stroke floor at Regions,” he said. “I wanted to get up and walk.”
These days, Stan feels like he’s pretty much on the mend, though he’s very careful when working with tools in his shop and is a little hesitant when walking on certain surfaces, like the stands. But he is capable of doing everything he wants to do. And he says that’s in no small part because of the excellent care he immediately received at Westfields Hospital.
“If he’s going to have a stroke, other than having him in the hospital, this was the best case scenario,” Stan said.
“To say we are grateful for the care he received would be an understatement,” Kelly added. “The constant attention and activity from the moment we arrived was absolutely wonderful.
“It was like a Christmas miracle.”