Compassion, Quality Appreciated
Jim and Dolores Kohn enjoyed 58 years of marriage before her death on their anniversary; June 11, 2013. Most of those years were lived in Oshkosh where they raised their son and daughter and Jim built a 32-year career at UW-Oshkosh as a professor in the Music Department. "We always came to Mercy right from the start," Jim said. When Dolores was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1979, she had surgery at Mercy and then treatment at UW-Hospitals in Madison. Later, she had quadruple bypass surgery at Mercy. Other health issues also brought her back to Mercy numerous times over the years. "We had nothing but good relationships," Jim said. "The doctors and nursing staff are absolutely outstanding. They were so good to Dolores. You couldn't ask for a better group." Because of their experiences at Mercy, The Kohn's began making gifts to Mercy Health Foundation regularly.
On Marcy 22, 2013, Good Friday, Dolores was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time after 34 years of being cancer free. "It hit us between the eyes," Jim said. Dolores began chemotherapy with Dr. Karen Gremminger in the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center, but complications set-in and she was hospitalized for the last time on May 28. At the time of Dolores' death, Jim made a significant memorial gift to Mercy Health Foundation in her honor. "I'm going to continue now at Mercy," Jim said. "Hospitals need to be supported by those who use them. We got such good, compassionate care. We need to give back as best we can."