I have resided in the Rockaways for the last 40 years and have witnessed its evolution. I recall what was Peninsula General Hospital in the 60’s and how with time PGH’s reputation gradually deteriorated.
I recently was hospitalized at Peninsula Hospital Center and would like to share my experience with fellow Rockaway residents.
Approximately three weeks ago, I was admitted to Peninsula with severe abdominal pain and was facing imminent surgery. Being unaware of the status of the hospital at that time, I was somewhat in a quandary whether to stay or ask to be transferred elsewhere. From my first dealing with the ER staff my fears were laid to rest. The compassion and the professionalism that existed there made up for the needed facelift. My workup was done efficiently and comprehensively, as was my following surgery and recuperation.
The concern for me as an individual was evident by daily visits from both nurses and physicians who had previously cared for me.
I have been involved with patient care and hospitals for the last 30 years. I unquestionably would place Peninsula’s nursing care, ancillary help, and commitment to the patient as an individual, on an even status with other health care facilities that I have been involved with.
Just as the mythical phoenix emerges from its ashes strong and vigorous, I see Peninsula growing and maturing under its new hospital administration.
I strongly urge that all the Rockaway residents help support and involve themselves in the strengthening and improvement of one of our appreciated jewels.
ARTHUR S. KAYE MD