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The McFarlands experience two strokes in one summer

Dick and Joyce McFarland

Dick and Joyce McFarland

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Joyce and Dick McFarland have given generously of their time, talents and resources to Abbott Northwestern Hospital for decades. So, when they each experienced a stroke this past summer, there was no question where they would go.

In May, Dick was diagnosed in Abbott Northwestern’s Emergency Department in Minneapolis. “The service and care were outstanding - first-class,” said Dick, who served on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Board of Directors in the 1980s and early 1990s.

After time in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU), he was transferred to Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute for seven days of inpatient therapy.

In June, Joyce noticed the early signs of a stroke and was also cared for in Abbott Northwestern’s Emergency Department and Neuro-ICU. “The nurses and doctors were wonderful,” said Joyce, who served on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

During her hospital stay, she also had an opportunity to receive integrative therapies from the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. “I care deeply about and am very pleased to be the beneficiary of this type of care,” she added.

The new Critical Care Campaign

The Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation this fall launched the $15 million Critical Care Campaign to enhance and expand Abbott Northwestern’s Emergency Department and Neuro-ICU. The campaign will benefit patients like the McFarlands who need specialized care for conditions that are life-threatening and require comprehensive care and constant monitoring.

Today, the McFarlands are doing well and are grateful for the care they received. “Abbott Northwestern is an invaluable asset for our community and the state,” said Dick. “We feel so blessed that this care was there for us when we needed it in spades. I know that others feel the same and will want to ensure that Abbott Northwestern has the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment, facilities and resources possible.”