KGH- I feel fortunate
By Tom LeCompte
September 15, 2010
It is with interest I have read the letters regarding Marta Poore's
experience as a patient at KGH. Personally I have never had
anything but excellent experiences at the Ketchikan General Hospital
and their associated clinics.
The great thing about Peace Health and KGH is that I've never
felt like just a number in a big corporate medical machine. I
feel like a human being with fears and concerns depending on
the situations and my questions have been answered or referred
up the line when more info was needed. The care I get whether
it's flu season or an admitted stay at KGH has been top-notch.
I also know that if a situation or concern exceeds the capability
of KGH locally, modern medicine allows them to move my info via
internet or that I can be medivaced by Guardian Air to a higher
level of care.
Sounds to me like this was Marta Poore's first experience recieving
care at her own facility, and yes while she is familiar with
the staff and procedure, it just seems it would be harder to
impress a professional.
By the way, it was my good fortune to be present at the birth
of my grand daughter and Marta was the attending OB-Gyn nurse.
She was very calm, cool, and reassuring to the impending parents
and family in attendance and that ethic really made it a beautiful
experience for all. Seems to me she may have experienced some
of her own type of care-giving on her trip to the ER.
There are certainly busy, often slammed days in the ER, when
not only are the locals sick or injured, but also the cruise
ship passengers and crew (who double our population,) but nobody
there is ever made to wait on purpose or ignored while suffereing.
I am familiar with a lot of our medical community, and for a
town this size to have the level of care we get, with dedicated
professionals who also get involved in every other aspect of
Ketchikan outside of the hospital, I feel fortunate indeed.
Received September 15, 2010
- Published September 15, 2010
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