On March 13, 2012, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital celebrated its 24th Children’s Miracle Network kick-off. On that day, Pediatric Intensivist Todd Stewart, MD was introducing one of his former patients, 17-year-old Tyler Toth of Stetsonville. One year prior, Tyler had suffered cardiac arrest on the school bus and was clinically dead for 22 minutes.
Tyler spent many weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, under the care of several health care professionals, including Dr. Stewart. The damage to his brain was severe and he had to relearn everything over again.
When Tyler was finally able to go home, he required a wheelchair. But on this day, as Dr. Stewart watched his former patient, assisted by his mom, rise from his auditorium seat, Tyler walked toward the stage to embrace the man that helped save his life. To watch Dr. Stewart as he held his former patient will never be forgotten by those attending.
On Monday, July 1, 2013, Dr. Todd Stewart passed away unexpectedly, a loss that has been felt every day.
The memory of Dr. Stewart will live on for the associates and families whose lives he changed through a special project at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Todd’s Family Lounge is one of three areas that are under construction outside of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where Dr. Stewart spent countless hours saving young lives.
The entrance into the Children’s Hospital will now feature a 9-panel video wall along with special effects such as bug lights and northwoods seating. Nearby will be a café surrounded by special lighting.
Behind the Café will be Todd’s Family Lounge, a special area for families whose child is in the hospital. With an electric stone fireplace creating a calming environment, families will find comfort in an area designed to accommodate their unique needs. A tribute to Dr. Stewart will be displayed along the wall – a shadow box depicting special memories of a special man. Meanwhile, the temporary drywall on the unit is being decorated by pediatric patients.
Proceeds from this year’s Festival of Light Auction, December 5 at West 14th Restaurant, will benefit Todd’s Family Lounge.