How lucky we are to be in Martin County
To the editor:
As a resident of Martin County for the last 42 years, I have been a patient at Martin Health System multiple times.
After my recent visit to the Martin Hospital South in July 2013, I felt it necessary to remind this community of how proud we should be to have Martin Health caring for us and our families. This health system is nationally recognized for the services it provides, and I can offer you a first-hand account for one of the main reasons why: its people.
From the minute I entered the Emergency Department, until my discharge, I felt the caring and compassion of everyone who cared for me. In the Emergency Department, I immediately recognized a familiar face, which provided me great comfort from the start. A nurse named Liz cared for me and I remembered her distinctly because she had taken such excellent care of others in my family before. She has such a natural ease to her care, making it so easy to talk with her. I was raised to always say "Thank you", and I wanted her to know that I truly feel she was born to be a nurse.
My hospital stay was positive, although I was very sick and needed constant attention. During my stay, I visited many of the different nursing units that Martin South holds, including the Intensive Care Unit and various other nursing departments. My night nurse in the ICU was named Cheryl. She related to me on a personal level in attempts to provide me comfort. She shared with me that her family was struggling with a similar diagnosis. I was just awed by her strength and compassion she demonstrated as she cared for me.
Once I transitioned to another department, my nurse, Greg, got me through one of my worst nights. He was a great listener, was always there for me during the night, showing me great empathy and compassion. He even checked in on me days after, when I was no longer under his direct care. The excellent care was handed off one shift to another without any interruption. There was never a lapse of communication, everything just flowed.
The entire staff at Martin Hospital South delivers personal care, with all private rooms and a family-centered atmosphere. The environment and staff truly build important relationships with their patients. The moral of the story is, if you have to be in the hospital, this is the place to be."
Joel Pearl, Stuart