Compassion, comfort and confidence were hallmarks of the care Mike Campbell, a local pastor and Sun City resident, received when COVID-19 led to a 32-day hospital stay at Banner Boswell Medical Center. From the moment he entered the hospital’s Emergency Department, Mike knew he was in the right place.
“The new Emergency Department hadn’t opened yet, but the makeshift areas that were in place to keep COVID-19 patients separate from others was well organized,” he explained.
On July 5, 2020, Mike was transported to Banner Boswell by ambulance after experiencing extreme breathing difficulties. He tested positive for COVID-19. As Mike’s symptoms worsened and the virus began ravaging his body, he began preparing for the worst.
“With care and compassion, I was told that I might not survive,” Mike recalled. “Knowing I may be on a ventilator, my wife and I had heartfelt conversations about what to do in the event of my death.”
As each COVID-19 case presents its own uncertainties, Mike took comfort in knowing that his doctors were vigorously doing all that they could. He was equally comforted by their honesty.
“When I’d ask if I was going to come through this, my doctors were candid about the fact that they were doing everything possible, but they couldn’t say for sure,” he said.
With time, vigilance and no shortage of treatment approaches, Mike’s condition improved. More than a month after entering Banner Boswell’s Emergency Department, Mike was discharged to a local rehabilitation facility before returning home.
Despite being in the midst of constructing a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department, Banner Boswell Medical Center expertly pivoted its care protocols in the wake of COVID-19.
In October 2020, just a few months after Mike’s hospital stay, Banner Boswell opened its new $34 million Emergency Department – made possible by philanthropic support for Sun Health Foundation’s Generosity for Generations Campaign.
As Mike learned, preparedness is paramount to managing a medical emergency. Thanks to a generous community that is committed to making superior health care a reality, he received the care he needed, when he needed it.
Make a tax-deductible gift today to the ongoing Generosity for Generations Campaign and help ensure that you, your friends and your neighbors will receive the best possible care if faced with a medical emergency or health crisis.