J.R. Kushnir

My Proud Story...

At times, I find it hard to put into words why I'm #StLukesProud. However, I made a promise that any chance I had to promote what St. Luke's has done for my wife and me, as well as countless others, I would do so.

My wife and I were over the moon at the news we were going to be parents for the first time! For just over 39 weeks everything was going according to plan.

At our final routine appointment, we thought we were going to clear the final hurdle, get sent to the hospital, and welcome "Baby K" into the world. However, our doctor had to deliver news we were never prepared for, "unfortunately, we can't find a heartbeat."

We were instructed to report to the hospital when we were ready. The team knew we were coming and did everything in their power to make us comfortable. The moment we reported to the hospital, the staff treated my wife and me with care and compassion. One of the nurses even made it a point to run down to the cafeteria to get me lunch, as our appointment was over my lunch break.

At 2:30 am, February 13, 2018, Madison Claire was born silently into this world, a spitting image of her mom.

After discharge, we couldn't help but think of things that could be improved for parents in terrible circumstances like ours. Upon my return to work, I wrote a letter to voice my concerns not only as a dad, but as an employee and to make suggestions for improvements. The same day I sent the letter via email, I had received a phone call from the executive who received my note. We spent time on the phone breaking down each paragraph and I knew right then that everything was going to change for the better.

I’m also proud of those who have gone above and beyond in keeping our daughter's memory alive. On February 13th, 2019, in remembrance of her 1st Birthday, my wife's physician group wore purple ribbons in memory of Madison.

J.R. Kushnir
Medical Simulation Technician
Hired in 2006