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Melissa Payne - Reuniting a Family

Melissa Payne - Bringing a Husband Home

Melissa Payne was visiting family in Joliet this week, while her husband – Staff Sergeant Lange Payne – was serving active duty for the Air Force in Iraq. To complicate the situation, Melissa, due with their child in August, needed to be hospitalized at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center for high blood pressure.

Once at Provena Saint Joe’s, Melissa learned she’d need to spend the rest of her pregnancy at the hospital. Knowing how difficult having to stay in the hospital can be, and understanding how much harder it would be with her husband away, Jill Weitendorf (Patient Care Manager), Kathleen Gunier (RN), and new nursing school graduate Megan Humann (RN) of Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Family Birthing Suites began the process of bringing her husband back home.

After being given two hours to pack and getting a flight arranged for home, Lange was in Joliet within 24 hours. Lange, part of the United States Air Force 819th Redhorse Squadron, had been deployed in mid-November, and was stationed in Quarter, Iraq. Although his squadron will be returning to the United States in less than a month, Lange said he would not have made it worrying about his wife back at home.

“I am so glad that he is home,” says Melissa.

Adds Lange, “I just want to say thank you to everyone at Provena Saint Joe’s who has been so incredibly great. I can’t thank them enough for getting me home. My wife means the world to me, and what they did to help us means so much to both of us.”


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