I know there are a lot of people in town that say a lot of negative things about our hospital and I'm willing to bet both of them probably have never even been a patient. Unfortunately last night I needed to visit the emergency room. Fortunately, it was a nice facility. It was close and quick to get to. It was probably around 10 PM or little before when I arrived. The intake staff in the waiting room was very kind and attentive. Interestingly, so were some of the other awaiting patients. It was only about 10 minutes before I was shown to a room. First I met Dakota. Really nice guy. I then met Ashley, Jami and Connie. All were very professional and pleasant to work with. I felt like I was the most important person there by the way they were treating me. I've been stuck with a needle more than just a few times in my life. Normally it's quite a complicated process to get a good connection to me. Well, at least that's what I thought until Ashley revealed her world-class vein finding skills. Remarkable, she's a real pro. She got one in and the place I least expected it to be successful, got it the first time and virtually painless. Surely there is some type of award she could be nominated for? After waiting on several test results to come back, the verdict was in. Of course I was going to be fine and the problem was ridiculously simple. Bottom line, our local hospital facility does not deserve the negative things that everyone seems to keep saying. Yes it may have had a really bad Board of Directors going on in the past but the actual healthcare professionals and facility within the organization are top-notch. Within the past couple of weeks, I have visited others in hospitals from the adjoining counties that people seem to rave about. I did not see anything in any of them that remotely make them better than our facility in Gainesville. Should I ever need something in the future, I'm definitely staying local. I do understand that as every facility is ran by human beings, there will be non-perfect situations with fault that will happen periodically. Just like the people that spread all the negativity probably do not lead infallible perfect lives. I wish people would grow up. I'm sure some of the negativity comes from by starting off on the wrong foot having a bad attitude before things even get started. Most people probably don't stop to think about the unbelievable things the staff has to contend with while also under the stress of making sure their patients receive the proper care. Come on everyone… Start supporting your local hospital. Need something done?… Why don't you give it a try? You may be quite surprised.
"…and that's all I have to say about that."