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Singing the praises of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

I am writing this, for we all could use more humor and praise in our life, especially praise.

Recently, I was a patient at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital for four days. Although I am a nurse myself, it is quite different to be on the receiving end of care, for I have seldom been hospitalized, except to have babies.

Since I’m married to a minister, I have moved six times, in our marriage, thus enabling me to work at numerous hospitals and with a variety of medical personnel.

In St. Louis, there was Deaconess Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Children’s Hospital, St. Vincent De Paul Psychiatric and Missouri State Hospital.

In Ramona, Kan., I worked at the Abilene Hospital. While living in Topeka, Kan., I worked at the VA Hospital, the famous Menninger Psychiatric Foundation and was assistant director of nursing - education at St. Francis Hospital.

Since we moved to Springville, I have worked at Fiddler’s Green, Jennie B. Richmond, West Seneca DDSO and J. N. Adams DDSO.

With this medical background, I can readily recognize and appreciate the extra touches I received at Bertrand Chaffee, which eased my hospital stay. I found the hospital staff to be a very happy, positive group of workers, many having been employed there 20 – 30 years.

My needs were quickly met, my care and medications were explained, specific food requests were granted and extra snacks provided. A volunteer brought me the current, informative Springville Journal, plus two other women’s magazines to read; another woman asked if I’d like a minister, while another woman inquired as to whether I’d need extra help, when I went home.

As I said before, everybody was so attentive and caring and I wish to say thank you to all who were involved: Dr. Dale, the ER, radiology, second floor staff and laboratory personnel. I was grateful and wish to sing your praises! Thank you.

Joy Rolf, RN MS

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