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Patient Stories

Baystate Health patients tell their stories, from diagnosis to treatment.
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Michelle bail

Leukemia patient Michelle Bail celebrates four years cancer free

Michelle Bail never thought she would be fighting for her life five years ago during the holiday season.

David Manning working out in pulmonary rehab gym

David Manning Not Letting COPD Slow Him Down

David Manning, 66, fights the effects of COPD with help from Baystate's medically supervised pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Johnalee Lopez

Springfield preemie goes home just in time for the holiday

Johnalee Lopez was born at Baystate Medical Center on August 22, three months ahead of schedule. She was originally due the week of Thanksgiving on November 22. Now, she will be able to spend the holiday at home with her family.

Colon Cancer Surgery Gets Northfield Man Back to What He Loves (Video)

When Peter Blake of Northfield went for his routine colonoscopy, it turned out to be anything but routine. Watch as he shares his story.

Robert Bowse Back in Action Thanks to Shoulder Surgery, Times Two

Robert Bowse is an active guy. When he injured his shoulder, he was afraid he'd have to cut back, but surgery got him back in the game. Then he injured his other shoulder.
Maureen Rizzolo discussing her procedure

Fecal Transplant Gives Maureen Rizzolo Her Life Back

Maureen Rizzolo isn’t sure where she acquired clostridium difficile, an infection more commonly known as “C. diff,” but she was afraid she was going to die from it. Learn about the surprising treatment that gave her back her life.

Suffield Family Thriving Following IVF Treatments

Laura Martorello knew she wanted to be a mother, and was not going to allow the lack of a husband keep her from her dream. That's when she turned to the team at Baystate Reproductive Medicine, who have become a major part of her growing family. 

Back To Biking: Westfield Native Gets Double Knee Replacement Surgeries

When Kelly Pelkey's knees began to fail her, she knew she needed to take action.


Successful Lung Surgery Eliminates Cancer Threat

Patricia Purdy of Westfield had an abnormal pain on the side of her body, and immediately went to have it examined by her primary care physician. She did not expect that such an ordinary ailment would lead to a serious, yet successful, lung surgery. 


Rapid Response Saves Local Man In Cardiac Distress

It was a rude awakening for Jim "JR" Robak one night last summer. After waking up to use the bathroom in the wee hours of the morning, he quickly realized he was experiencing cardiac distress. Within minutes, experts at Baystate Medical Center were working to relieve his symptoms. 

Latest News

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Reaches Agreement on New Five-Year Contract with MNA

May 24, 2018

Baystate Franklin Medical Center has reached agreement on a new five-year contract with the MA Nurses Association on behalf of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center registered nurses.

Know the Symptoms – May is Stroke Awareness Month

May 18, 2018

The message for Stroke Awareness Month is clear. Better stroke outcomes begin with stroke recognition, and calling 9-1-1 immediately can make a difference.

UMass Dance Marathon Participants Boogie to Beat Fundraising Goal

May 07, 2018

The University of Massachusetts Dance Marathon raised $212,134.97 for the Baystate Children’s Hospital, surpassing its $200,000 goal.