Caregivers receive Guardian Angel recognition

December 8, 2017

Many patients and their families took the time to celebrate their caregivers this year. Our Guardian Angel program is the perfect way to recognize exceptional care, allowing anyone to make a gift in honor of a caregiver. Here are four stories of Guardian Angels, in the words of our patients and their families.

Words of gratitude

“We appreciated the care and compassion that was shown to Richard by the doctors and nurses who cared for him during his two-and-a-half year battle with cancer. We especially want to recognize nurse Carol McGinnis. The team gave Richard so much hope and encouragement. They treated him with respect and helped him keep his dignity. Richard had such a positive outlook and lived his life to the fullest under their care.”

– Family of Richard Larson

Carol McGinnis, clinical nurse specialist, is pictured in the middle, surrounded by her Sanford team


“Our dad, Dean Fernholz, was hospitalized for bypass surgery at the Sanford Heart Hospital. Our nurse, Tony Bergstrom, went above and beyond in caring for our dad. He truly cared about his well-being and showed kindness and patience at all times. Our father was fortunate enough to have Tony for three days as his nurse. The Fernholz family truly wants to thank him for his excellent care during a tough time.”

– Denise Evers and the Fernholz family

Pictured (left to right): In-patient Nursing Director Jennifer Klawitter, nurse Tony Bergstrom, Foundation Development Officer Jade Delaney and Executive Director of Heart Services Debra Griffith.


“Alexa Miesbauer is an amazing therapist who kept my spirits up throughout the recovery from my accident. She pushed me to keep going, always was very respectful, really just made things look and feel better overall. I am so grateful for everything that she did and want to recognize her for providing exceptional care!”

– Josh Olson

Pictured (left to right): Foundation Development Officer Megan Anderson and physical therapist Alexa Miesbauer.


“I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in 2010. I had 35 radiation treatments, seven rounds of chemo and two surgeries. During treatment, I had a feeding tube for six months, so when finished, I struggled to eat and swallow. Linda Tyler helped me learn to eat and swallow again, and for that, I am eternally grateful.”

– Robert Meyer

Pictured (left to right): Therapy and Rehabilitation Manager Maria Klamm, speech therapist Linda Tyler and Foundation Development Officer Jade Delaney.


In this season of gratitude, take a moment to recognize your own Guardian Angel! Not only will you honor your caregiver, but your investment will help ensure the best in health care is available in our community for years to come.