Medical Foundation employees, Rock Your Pride!

Coming up the week of April 21 – 25, Medical Foundation employees will be celebrating. Yes, some will celebrate Dyngus Day, maybe even a birthday or two.  But the focus of the celebration will be – Lab Week.

During Lab Week, laboratories around the United States will thank their laboratory professionals and pathologists for the vital role they play in health care.

You see, our phlebotomists, MTs, MLTs and Pathologists are the “behind the scene players” who quietly perform critical laboratory testing on a daily basis.
When patients are in the hospital, they look to their physicians and hospital caregivers to make them feel better. And for that to happen, the physician often orders laboratory testing that gives clues to what ails the patient. In approximately 70% of cases, physicians rely on laboratory testing to make a diagnosis. 

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Meet Healthy Me! Program Participant, Bret Bajdek

Meet Healthy Me! Program Participant, Bret Bajdek

At 33 years old, Bret Bajdek spends a lot of his time coaching students at Saint Joseph Catholic High School. As he tries to set good examples and mentor members of the boys’ football and golf teams, he decided it was time to take a look in the mirror and push himself to become a healthier person.

“In high school and college I was constantly trying to put on weight to become a bigger and better football player.  What I didn’t know then was that I would unsuccessfully be trying to shake that weight nearly fifteen years later,” said Bajdek.

That’s what led Bajdek to apply for the Healthy Me! Program. Now, at 340 pounds, he will work with a registered dietitian, a local physician, and fitness specialists this year, in hopes of losing nearly 100 pounds.

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Meet Erika Jackson, Healthy Me! Program Participant

Meet Erika Jackson, Healthy Me! Program Participant

She walked confidently into the building with her hair neatly in braids, it didn’t seem as though she was nervous at all.  Selected as one of the final six participants in the Healthy Me! Program, she was ready to begin her journey to a healthier self.

Erika Jackson moved here in November from Fort Wayne and lives with her two children, her mother and her mother’s husband. 
As an employee in the registration and checkout area in the Emergency Room at Memorial Hospital and an on-call EMT for Prompt, Erika knows how important it is to be healthy.

“They are providing the right tools for me to become healthy, I’m excited about this program,” said Erika. She couldn’t believe she was chosen for the program and almost didn’t apply, but at the last minute she decided she would never be chosen if she didn’t even apply so she reconsidered.

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