My Story

  • Howard Bonitz, Sr. had a very bumpy ride from being admitted to WCH (Wooster Community Hospital) for treatment of pneumonia and an overall weakened condition, transferred to a nursing facility where he was recovering until he developed an infection, readmitted to a medical unit at WCH and finally transferred for a “soft landing” to the hospital’s Transitional Care Unit, which he describes as “the...
  • Mark Shoup could have literally coined the phrase “back-breaking labor.” For years, the Mansfield resident worked as a brick layer - twisting, turning, bending and lifting. When the rigors of the job finally caught up to him, he discovered he had been living with a broken back for years. “I was in pain for probably 10-15 years.” ...said Shoup, who opted for surgery in 2010. Unfortunately, the...
  • Joslyn Chenevey had high expectations for the birth of her first child in 2010. Like many expectant mothers, she had lots of questions and needed lots of attention. In short, “I needed to feel like I was the only patient there,” she admitted.   Joslyn and her husband, Justin, found just what they were looking for at WCH’s Women’s Pavilion. In spite of the 25 mile drive, the Wadsworth residents...
  • Michelle Murray, MSPA-C, is a Master of Science Physician’s Assistant Certified working with the Wooster Heart Group. As with Nurse Practitioners, Murray is able to prescribe medications. She works closely with the two doctors in her cardiology practice, seeing regular patients independently usually every other visit. “The doctors see all my notes and we discuss all the patients–they like that...
  • “I started when I was 12 as a candy striper at Wooster Hospital!” says lifelong Woosterian, Barbara Tickton, CNP. Tickton went into the army after high school in order to fund her nursing education. She worked in a nursing home for 4 years during her undergraduate work at Ohio State; practiced nursing for the one year required for her graduate program; and then completed her graduate studies at...
  • “I love my role, I love working here!” exclaims Mary Ciesa, one of four nurse practitioners in Ohio with two advanced Nurse Practitioner degrees: CRNP–Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and CNS–Clinical Nurse Specialist. Mary collaborates with four physicians at Comprehensive Internal Medicine (CIM) working with her own established patients as their primary healthcare provider; at CIM’s...

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