News

Exceptional care and people

By the way, did you hear:

• It’s not typically what this spot is for, but today I just wanted to share some poignant thoughts from one of our readers about Cowichan District Hospital.

“Emblazoned on the side of the Cowichan District Hospital ICU building are the words, “Exceptional Care, Exceptional People.” I had always thought this expression was somewhat excessive in its message, but from recent experience I can attest to its validity.

“In late April my wife had a bad fall, and suffered a severe concussion and broken bones.

“She was immediately transported, unconscious, to the hospital where she remained in a coma and on life support for more than three weeks, until she passed away.

“During that time every effort was made to save her. The doctors, nursing staff, and technical support people were not only professional, but were caring and understanding of the stresses my family and I were undergoing.

“The level of sincere compassion was both a surprise, and a welcome comfort to us.

“We were at my wife’s bedside, often around the clock and must have been a distraction during busy times in the ICU, but we were always made welcome and as comfortable as possible.

“We were also offered every opportunity to define and participate in the care she was receiving.

“Counselling was provided daily by the doctors and staff, and we were made aware that hospice, spiritual, services were available if desired.

“At no time were we under pressure to make decisions which we were uncomfortable with, either by the staff or the administration.

“The successful operation of a hospital is obviously a very complex proposition. A myriad of details require constant attention against a background of ever changing conditions, demands, and scrutiny by the public,

“In our experience, the Cowichan District Hospital does a very credible job of dealing with these daily challenges.

“As flawed as it might be, we can be thankful for our health care system and the dedicated people in it.”

—Fred Williamson.

Exciting things happening for you, your friends or your family that you want to share with your community? Send me a quick email at editor@cowichannewsleader.com. We’d love to spread the word.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Cowichan Aquatic Centre scales back programming as weather improves
 
Seven great Remembrance Day reads from around B.C.
 
Remembrance Day began as Armistice Day
Clark rules out free vote on killing HST
 
High risk offender wanted B.C.-wide, say Vancouver Police
 
Victoria terror suspects more ‘disgruntled’ than political: expert
Harvest fan
 
VIDEO: Witnesses describe scene at Parliament Hill; Raw footage of Ottawa shootings
 
H1N1 flu returns, targets younger people

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.