Patient Stories: Healing Support
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a recognized leader in quality tertiary care, medical education and research. It includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Norton Thoracic Institute, Center for Women's Health, University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's, and a Level I Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital is also a respected center for orthopedics, internal medicine, primary care and many other medical services.
Generous donor support provides the important funding needed for the programs and services that make amazing patient success stories like these, and so many others, possible. Please visit our St. Joseph's magazine archives for additional stories.
Margaret and Michael Baudinet traveled from Virginia to St. Joseph's in Phoenix specifically to receive prenatal care and safely deliver their quintuplets. Generous donations have allowed St. Joseph's to develop into a leader of maternal fetal medicine. The hospital's nursery intensive care unit also serves as the first home to hundreds of severely premature newborns each year. The Baudinet babies arrived just in time for Christmas!
Katie Grannan has three kidneys. She received the "extra" after an autoimmune disease caused her to need a donor. Because of the generosity of our supporters, the Norton Thoracic Institute at St. Joseph's was there to perform her transplant. The center is the busiest lung transplant program in the state and recently added kidney and liver transplant programs, to be ready should you or your loved one ever need it.
Officer Chris Bennett had seen St. Joseph’s trauma team at work numerous times in his years as a Phoenix police officer. Part of his job includes accompanying the victims of shootings, car accidents and assaults to the Level 1 trauma center for treatment. But on January 6, 2013, he became the patient.
As an officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Annette Olson was trained to think quickly on her feet. So when a fight broke out between inmates and she was the lone officer at the scene, she knew her best line of defense was pepper spray. Unfortunately, the can she grabbed was defective. Instead of deploying a short puff, it streamed its entire contents into the jail and—worst of all—into Olson’s lungs.
Late one evening in June 2010, Zach Lindsay, then just 30-years-old, was studying for a final exam. He drank a tall glass of cold water and went to bed. But he didn’t feel right. He later got up, splashed water on his face and tried to calm his racing heart. But it didn’t work. He woke his fiancé and asked to be taken to the emergency room near his Scottsdale home.
The bullet that tore through Mario Zapata’s flesh lodged high in his cervical spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the neck down. The metal fragments damaged the cervical vertebrae responsible for controlling the diaphragm and allowing the body to breathe. He was placed on a ventilator, and for three years, that was how his body breathed -- until doctors at St. Joseph's implanted a diaphragmatic pacemaker.