Last Monday at lunchtime I passed out in a crowded downtown restaurant. Next thing I knew I was staring up at the face of an EMT who wanted to know my name, my birthday, and the day's date. I had been lucky because when I lost consciousness, I slumped against the wall on my left instead of falling to the right and bouncing on the concrete floor.
I was seen at the ER by the doctor on duty, who examined me and decided with my family physician to keep me overnight for observation. I was getting over a bout of flu, so a long rest with good food in a nice, new hospital bed was more than welcome. Much more important than the quality of the facility was the attentive, professional care I received from Dr. Johnson, Dr. Wingren, and the fine nursing staff (Heather, Nancy, Tina, Patricia, and others I was too sleepy to remember).
At this time, the Peace Health clinic is under scrutiny by many in the islands, and over time we all hope the issues will be resolved.
But as a recent patient, I must say that I was most happy that at the clinic two new machines were of great benefit to the diagnosis.
If I'd had the same accident two years ago, only an all-day trip to the mainland would have given my doctors the same information made available in minutes here in Friday Harbor.
A grateful patient, Jim McCormick