Green Bay Man Encourages Everyone To Take COVID-19 Seriously

Posted on 4-29-2020

Green Bay, Wis. – A 64-year-old Green Bay man was discharged from HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, April 29 after a 3-week battle with COVID-19.

“I was following the rules, staying at home, and would only go out to get groceries or gas,” said Ken. “I really don’t know how I came down with this, but when it hits, it hits hard.”

Ken is sharing his story as a way to encourage all to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and to follow all the necessary steps to help curb the spread of the virus in our communities, including staying safe at home and practicing physical distancing and good hygiene. He was interviewed by hospital staff in his hospital room just prior to his discharge on Wednesday, in accordance with infection prevention protocols.

Click on the image above to hear Ken’s experience with COVID-19

“I really just want people to realize how this can affect your life,” said Ken, who has a wife, three adult children and three grandchildren. “Staying at home is hard, but battling this illness is so much harder.”

Ken is grateful for the care he received at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, and for all those in health care fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in our local communities.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank you,” said Ken. “You are the true, real heroes and angels to me.”

When it was time for Ken to be discharged, nurses escorted him through the hospital in a wheelchair while medical staff lined the hallways to applaud his brave battle with COVID-19. Upon his arrival outside the hospital, Ken was greeted by his wife of 35 years, Wendy, and several other family members.

Click on the image above to see the reception Ken received from hospital staff

HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center is honored to have cared for Ken and wishes him the very best on his road to recovery at home.

Prevea Health

Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls