To the Editor:
I recently had the experience of spending several days in the hospital at University Medical Center here in Lebanon.
I had a surgical procedure that by all accounts was not minor but instead generally regarded as rather serious. Before I digress, please understand that my health is good, very good today.
I want to speak candidly about the quality of care I received from our hometown hospital. I know people here many times think it is better to go to Nashville for health care matters. They many times believe that just because a hospital or for that matter a physician has a Nashville address on West End Avenue the quality of care they receive is going to be superior to the care that would be administered here at home. But I frankly believe, and I can speak from personal experience, that this is not always the case.
The surgeon who operated on me was Dr. Jimmy Morris, a Lebanon native, who is a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and who is also a well experienced and board certified professional. He is an exceptional physician and surgeon and perhaps as important as his expertise in medicine is his compassion and concern for his patients. Please understand that while Dr. Morris was my surgeon there are many other well qualified and competent physicians on staff at UMC. Many of you know them. You see them at church on Sunday, at local restaurants. Their kids go to school here and they’re an important part of our community. And as for me, that’s who I want for my doctor. I want someone who knows me and cares about me and wants the best for me.
My room at UMC was located in the new private patient tower. This is a magnificent building that would surely rival any medical facility in Nashville or for that matter in the region. Each room is spacious, appropriately decorated and equipped with the latest in technology.
Fredia Fisher, the clinical director of One North, is in charge of nursing on the floor on which my room was located. I cannot begin to express my appreciation to her and to members of her staff for the care I received. Nurses were attentive, kind and considerate. They were professional and displayed confidence and competence.
We have in our community a real gem in University Medical Center and the medical professionals on staff there. I think too often we may look away or just not look directly at the valuable assets we have around us. And this, my friends, is indeed a valuable asset for all of Wilson County.
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