Praise For MHHCC

(07/18/2002)

Dear Editor,

As Robert Burns said, "The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry."

He planned to mow June 17th. Instead, he had a heart attack.

"He" being my husband of forty-six years. After three nitro tablets brought no relief, I rushed him to the Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center in Grantsville. Thank God for that place! The staff immediately began their magic, quietly and efficiently. They also managed to reassure me that he was going to be all right. And he was. After receiving the "clot-buster," he felt relief from the pain and was soon being 'coptered to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. A cath revealed that he had 99% blockage. A stent implant on the 18th put him back to feeling better than he has in years.

Too often we focus on what we do not have here in rural West Virginia. Well, right now I want to focus on what we do have, Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center being one of them. M.H.H.C.C. is an easy 25-minute drive for us, compared to a 2-hour drive to either Charleston or Morgantown hospitals, or a 1-1/2 hour drive to Clarksburg's. Minnie Hamilton is staffed with Board Certified Physicians, Family Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. It also has up-to-date equipment, including one of the finest state-of-the-art CT machines in the state, which allows for faster testing in emergency situations. Not only that, but in all of my experiences with M.H., I have found the staff to be extremely caring, in a personal way.

Living in rural West Virginia might have its drawbacksónone of which seem important at the momentóbut I wouldn't want to live out the remainder of my days any other place on earth.

Harriet Whipkey