Kelly Simer’s story
She was passed out on the floor, physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. With a husband in Iraq and two young daughters wanting Mom back, Kelly Simer fiercely wished life were different.
This charismatic 33 year-old from Chaska needed emergency help—to fix a condition in her digestive system that would free her from potentially lifelong complications.
Once a 1.5-pound preemie treated for a digestive obstruction, Kelly didn’t experience complications likely related to that condition until later in life. When she ran out of options, Kelly finally opted for surgery at Ridgeview to repair and reroute her digestive system. Fortunately her husband was summoned back to her side and her family was there for her.
Twenty six days in the hospital, a bout with pneumonia, an interruptive postoperative condition and battles of doubt sitting deep within—were all too overwhelming. But with the tireless encouragement and diligence from Dr. Todd Elftmann and empathetic, personal care from nurses, Kelly became grateful and overwhelmingly appreciative by the talent and amazing staff at Ridgeview Medical Center.
She remembers walking through the halls of the hospital, trying to speed up her recovery—appreciating so many things: the calm environment, the cozy fireplace she visited frequently for warmth and relaxation, generous window views, pretty Christmas decorations, a donor wall recognizing gifts below $500, unique magazines in the lobby and, most of all, priceless conversations with medical staff on a more personal level.
She endured a difficult surgery and strenuous recovery. But on the day of her release, she’ll never forget the standing ovation from the nursing staff at Ridgeview—a true reflection of the care and compassion Kelly experienced firsthand.
Today, Kelly looks forward to the future. Her husband is going back to Iraq this spring. And her oldest daughter is starting kindergarten in the fall. She’s active, participating in Zumba exercise classes and hockey to build strong muscles and a clear mind for whatever the future holds.
Touched by the journey at Ridgeview, Kelly now graciously donates her time on the Ridgeview Patient Council Committee, is proud to be listed on the donor wall she noticed on her tireless walks during her stay—and hopes you’ll join her quest by making a thoughtful gift to Ridgeview.
Kelly is grateful for an outstanding facility close to home, with extraordinary care and a talented surgical staff that greatly improved her outcome.
Please join us with a gift to support successful outcomes and help us maximize the level of care at Ridgeview.
Grateful for your kindness and compassion,
Doug Stasek, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Philanthropy