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Letter to Editor: Excellent care

To the editor:

I have lived in the Columbia River Gorgeous for almost five decades now.

From the beginning I have been impressed with the quality of the medical personnel here. God has truly blessed this community with people who have an excellent vision of what needs to be done for our citizens to provide the best health care possible. With very few exceptions I have found these people to be professional, knowledgeable and compassionate.

During the past few years I have had to rely on their expertise more and more as my health has taken various turns. For the most part I find myself in good hands.

As the medical community has evolved into the situation we have now, where almost all doctors are in some way directly affiliated with the hospital I see that quality continuing and in many ways improving.

While I know it is not perfect, I sincerely appreciate the efforts being made to give us the best care possible.

New health care occupations are coming into being – where it was once just the doctors and nurses, it is now Medical Aides, Physician Assistants, nurses with various expertise and of course the physicians.

Each one being trained to provide the highest level of care needed by the individual — each profession supporting the others. Doctors are freed to concentrate on more serious cases that need their higher level of expertise. The medical administrators are on top of how to use new vocations to give patients the quality of care they need at the most affordable rates.

In the past few weeks I have had to go into the ER several times. Each time the ER rooms were full, hallways were being used to place patients on beds. Triage dictates who must be seen first and many find themselves awaiting treatment. However, no matter how many people are waiting, the doctors, nurses, and supporting personnel maintain a compassionate and personal interest in each person.

While the pace may be harried, they remain calm and professional; doing what must be done, but doing it in a manner that gives patients confidence in their concern for them and in their abilities to help end or at least relieve whatever medical problem exists.

There are many reasons I have remained in this community, the physical beauty God has provided, the seasons, the people and now – becoming even more important – the excellent health care provided to all of us.

Art Labrousse

The Dalles

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