BRMH Infuses Hope – One Patient at a Time

02/11/2021

Thanks to the new Infusion Center at Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH), a difficult time in Peter Kowal’s life has gotten a little easier.

Peter lives in Taylor, WI, with his wife, Kelly, and daughters, Janie and Iris. About a year ago, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and began treatment. The battle continues as cancer has metastasized to other organs. One of the challenges for Peter had been the time it took to travel over an hour each way to his chemotherapy appointments. When the Infusion Center opened at BRMH in 2020, Peter decided he wanted to receive his chemotherapy there. “I’m excited to come to BRMH for my chemotherapy,” said Peter, who’s originally from Eau Claire. “I prefer the small-town feel where I’m greeted by friendly faces and I don’t feel like I’m just a number. And I really appreciate getting my care closer to home.”

Contributing to that feeling of comfort are the chemo-care bags given to every patient who receives chemotherapy, thanks to a generous donation from the employees of Jackson County Bank. The bags contain such things as warm socks, skin and hair products, lozenges, sleep masks, and other items to help create a relaxing environment. Also, each visit is brightened by a finished coloring page drawn by area youth that is presented to the patient.

For more information on the Infusion Center or how to participate in the Infuse Hope coloring program, visit brmh.net/infusion to find downloadable coloring pages, or call 715-284-5361.

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Ashley Fjelstad, BRMH Infusion Center Patient Care Coordinator, provides a chemo-care bag to Peter Kowal. Having previously received treatment from facilities over an hour away, Peter now gets chemotherapy closer to home at the new Infusion Center at Black River Memorial Hospital.

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