By Tracy Granzyk MS

First Posted at Educate the Young on 10/28/2013

Tracy Granzyk MS, Managing Editor, Educate the Young

Tracy Granzyk MS, Managing Editor, Educate the Young

So many of the healthcare stories shared in the mainstream are those that focus on patient harm, or egregious behavior by providers. It can make us forget that while these occurrences are still far too frequent, they are not the norm. For every patient harmed, there are roughly three success stories rarely shared. Stories of care teams, often operating in systems yet to be designed for optimal success, who manage to use the wonderful technology, knowledge and compassion at their disposal to send a patient home safely. While every patient story is of great value, so are the stories of those care providers whose voices are less frequently heard. When patients and providers work together throughout the course of a healthcare encounter real magic occurs. Human connection has power to heal, and will always complement any prescription or treatment. And it costs absolutely nothing…

Here is one of those success stories, recently shared by a colleague. Melissa, a patient in the Vidant Health system, was found to have an aortic dissection immediately after giving birth to her son. She takes viewers on her triumphant and tear-jerking healthcare journey, and shares what made her experience with Vidant so positive, and successful despite the odds. Following are a few of those highlights for those who don’t have time to view the entire video:

  1. Melissa felt she was listened to by the care team
  2. She needed someone to be human and care, and that is exactly what her healthcare team did
  3. Someone cared enough to push harder within the system when her survival depended on it

Here is Melissa’s story, in her own words. There is a wonderful tribute to the healthcare team that was part of her “family” during this challenging time in her life.  If you have time, it’s a wonderful story to hear and to share.