Patient Stories

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital relies on the generosity of our community to help support our efforts of providing quality health care for local programs and services. Generous donor support provides the important funding needed for the programs and services that make amazing patient success stories like these, and so many others, possible.

charlie halsellCharlie Halsell

When Charlie Halsell, a local photographer and father of five young children, sustained multiple life-threatening injuries from a terrible motorcycle accident, he needed exceptional medical care. After a month and a half at a trauma center in Fresno, he had to decide where to go to continue his therapy. He wanted to be with near his family, and he also knew that he needed the best care possible. With AGCH so close to home, he decided to come to the Acute Rehabilitation Center where he stayed for two weeks with his family by his side, before returning home. 



jayne smithJayne Smith

When Jayne was scheduled to have surgery at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital with Drs. Eddie and Howard Hayashi Monday afternoon she was anxious to get in and out as soon as possible. Even though due to busy schedules her surgery was delayed for a few hours the surgeons and employees at AGCH kept her informed the entire time. Both of Jayne’s daughters and her husband Jack were even able to visit with her in pre-op until moments before the surgery.



Betty Kern

At 57 years old Betty Kern's life turned upside down. In October of 2013, Betty learned that she had an abnormal mammogram that would inevitably be diagnosed as breast cancer. Once receiving treatment from a local oncologist, Betty was introduced to the Nurse Navigator for Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. She helped with some of Betty's concerns by navigating the many paths to recovery, but her worries of how to afford gas and groceries on top of other bills were alleviated when Betty was offered grocery and gas cards provided through AGCH Foundation's Cancer Care Fund.


Doug Navolt

October 29, 2012 started out as a typical Monday for Christine and Doug Navolt. But when Doug never came home or answered her phone calls, Christine knew something was wrong and began calling local hospitals. Doug had been hit head-on by a car while riding his new motorcycle. He a severely traumatic head inury, broken ribs and neck, damaged his left foot and leg, and severed the main tendon in his left shoulder. By the time Doug woke up, community support began pouring in. On December 6, he was transferred to the Acute Rehabilitation Center at AGCH where he began his road to recovery.


The Gonzalez Family

Seventy-seven year old Victoria Gonzalez and her husband, Estevan, have lived what they feel was the American Dream. Estevan supported the family by driving an 18-wheeler for 40 years, while Victoria focused on caring for the couple’s home and family. With six children, 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, theirs has been a rich and busy life. Last summer, the security of that life was threatened when Victoria began unexpectedly displaying strange behavior following a routine doctor’s appointment. “She wasn’t able to hold her arm right,” recalls Estevan, “and her words weren’t making sense.”


George Popovich

Life-altering events can happen without warning or preparation. Such was the case with George Popovich, a local businessman, husband and father. “All of a sudden he had this debilitating pain,” recalls wife Patty. “He has a high tolerance, so I knew this was a big deal.” George spent one night in the hospital getting the pain under control. But a few months later, George was back in the ER. This time it was life or death – a severe case of pancreatitis that put many of his vital organs at risk.