2012-01-27 / Letters

Change For The Better

Dear Editor,

As a nurse I am proud of the care that I provide my patients; I am especially proud of the care that was provided to my father by the nurses at Peninsula Hospital. As a professional you know the care that should be rendered; they provided that care with style and grace. They not only cared for my father but cared for us as well.

While he was in the CCU the nurses turned him every two hours, provided oral care, gave him baths twice a day, and ensured that his skin integrity was maintained. They took time from their busy day to explain what was going on and provided emotional support to us, his family, during a difficult time.

After two days in the CCU he was moved to the Hospice Center, where the excellent care continued. The nurses there cared for him but also gave us the room to be with him during his last hours. We stayed with him until his last breath was taken. His death was so peaceful. This experience would have been different without the support of the staff at Peninsula Hospital.

My father served his county honorably by serving two tours in the US Army during the Vietnam War. During his last days I am proud to say he was treated with dignity and honor.

We had been patients at the hospital before and I can say from previous experience, the care is changing for the best. As a community hospital you have a hospital you can be proud of. I urge you to support it as it continues to grow and evolve.

MARGARET STACK, BSN, RN

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