Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stayed Jim Suchocki from the swift completion of his appointed rounds—it was his joints.
Suchocki, a Worcester resident and 37-year veteran mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, came to New England Baptist after countless trips up and down stairs, climbs in and out of the mail truck, and slips and falls delivering parcels during the winter took a toll on his knees and hips. He had developed osteoarthritis, and his cartilage had deteriorated to the point where his knee joints were bone-on-bone.
“I had pain all the time; no medicine or cortisone shots could help,” says Suchocki. “I knew of the Baptist’s reputation, so that’s where I went.”
Suchocki’s knees were replaced at the Baptist in 2004 and 2008 by Henry Toczylowski, MD. After his surgeries, Suchocki says his knees were pain-free. “It’s like they were never injured,” he says.
In 2013, Suchocki was back at the Baptist for a left hip replacement with Daniel Ward, MD. “He did an MRI, and said, ‘I don’t know how you’re living with this pain, but it’s up to you whether we operate.' So I said, let’s do it, and I’m glad we did,” says Suchocki, who will be back at the end of July for his right hip replacement with Dr. Ward. “They are great doctors, but even better human beings—they listen to you and they care about you,” he says. He also credits Michael Kearney, MD, with saving his life with prostate cancer treatment in 2009.
Suchocki is a donor to the Baptist’s Annual Fund. He says it’s important to give back to support the outstanding doctors, nurses, and staff, and that his experiences at the Baptist were different than at other hospitals from the moment he first walked through the doors.
“I went to classes before the surgery to prepare,” says Suchocki. “The personal care you receive is just great—they always call my wife’s cell phone when I’m out of surgery—there are up-to-date facilities, and everybody who cares for you knows all about the latest treatments.”
“I’m still pretty young, and I’m going to continue to work,” says Suchocki. He’s also going to continue to chase his small grandchildren around, golf and garden, and spend the spring in Hilton Head, SC. “I’m not the only person with problems like these, and I have already recommended three or four people come to the Baptist—it’s just a great hospital.” Suchocki says. “I want to give back in every way I can.”
Our physicians and caregivers help many people like Jim continue the everyday activities they love. Please consider making a Moving Gestures gift to our Annual Fund in honor of your doctor or caregiver. For more information, contact Melanie Saunders at 617-754-5661.