Every hospital has stories.  

These are a few of ours.

In hospitals, we’re surrounded by stories. Some are incredible. Some are touching and heartfelt. All of them are nice to hear. We recognize that we can talk on and on about the distinctions we’ve been awarded, the services we offer, and the experience of the physicians working in our halls. But only by hearing the stories of those just like you, folks who arrived at our doors anxious or scared and went home healed, can you truly begin to understand who we are, and what we strive for.

You’ll find a number of stories we’ve collected about our hospitals. We’ll be adding more regularly so check back often. Take a read and decide if Palmetto General seems like the place for your care, your loved one, or your career.

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If you have a great story to tell about Palmetto General, we want to hear it.

Haydee's Neuro Story

It was just a normal November morning when everything changed for Haydee Perez.

Ronald's Neuro Story

It was just a nice family vacation when everything changed for Ronald Izquierdo.

Pam's Neuro Story

Thanks to the expertise of ​our Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pam is able to continue brightening people’s day with her infectious smile and zest for life.

Maria's Stroke Story

Maria's determination to fight through her stroke was in large part due to her precious grandson, who she knew needed her most.

Maria Elena's Hip Story

With hip replacement surgery, Maria Elena Tellez got back on her feet, back on her bike and back on her way to new adventures

Sonja's Weight Loss Story

Sonja Amado lost 160 pounds - and her dependence on a walker - after bariatric surgery at Palmetto General Hospital

Vanessa's Weight Loss Story

Swimmer Vanessa Cordero kept gaining weight and knew she had to stop

Lelani's Maternity Story

Lelani ​was provided exceptional maternity care ​over 15 years ago when she gave birth to her daughter – the current Miss Hialeah Teen.

Dr. Legaspi's Story: Surgical Oncology

Dr. Adrian Legaspi took on a big project soon after joining Palmetto General Hospital. In a matter of months he was in the midst of creating a world class surgical oncology center

Nelly's Story: Assistant Nurse Manager

Nelly Diaz spent years taking care of patients in a labor and delivery unit — post-partum only. She never assisted with an actual birth, and eventually decided it was time to change that.

Belinda's Story: Labor Nurse

Belinda Martinez was a medical assistant in an OB/GYN office, so she thought she was prepared for the birth of her twins when she went into labor.  But something went horribly wrong.

Lynne's Story: Stroke Coordinator

When Lynne Dittmar first started working at Palmetto General Hospital 40 years ago, there were just two beds in the emergency room. Now there are more than 50.

Jacqueline's Story: Nurse Practitioner

When a patient arrives at Palmetto General Hospital with a potential stroke or neurological issue, Jackie Gonzalez is one of the first people they come in contact with.

Dr. Kaushal's Story: Stroke Medical Director

For Dr. Ritesh Kaushal, the opportunity to develop a comprehensive stroke program at Palmetto General Hospital was one he felt was imperative to the community.

Dr. Sosa's Story: Bariatric Surgery Medical Director

Dr. Jorge Sosa has been at Palmetto General Hospital for nearly two decades, acting as the medical director of bariatric surgery for the past 10 years. He has seen firsthand how the hospital and community have grown together hand-in-hand.

Ysora's Story: Volunteer

Not every woman who can say she was a professional baseball player in the 1940s, but longtime Palmetto General mailroom volunteer Ysora Kinney, 82, was bravely holding down third base as one of the nation’s first female players before she was sorting mail for the hospital.

Maria's Story: Rehab Director

Maria Tundidor was just 15 years old when she started volunteering at Palmetto General Hospital. Nearly 25 years after that first day of volunteering, she became director of the rehabilitation department.