On June 3 I was admitted to Manatee Memorial Hospital to be operated on the morning of June 4 for a tumor in my left lung. The operation was done successfully, the tumor was malignant, and I was placed in ICU. I was there until June 7.
I have read many stories of bad or neglected treatment while at Manatee Memorial, but in my three experiences I couldn't ask for better treatment than I have received.
After surgery I don't think I pushed the nurse's button more than three or four times, but at each I was responded to in less than a minute. I admit that being in ICU is a little different than just being there for lesser reasons, but still I found it very encouraging to be treated as I was.
Nurses are not slaves and in most cases they do their very best to keep the patient comfortable. Responding with a "thank you" when your requests are met goes a long ways.
The next thing I would like to address is praise for my doctor. My surgeon, Dr. Ron Smith, did something that I have never seen in the past, either with my wife or myself.
The morning after my surgery Dr. Smith brought his staff of five into my room and introduced each one of them. He stepped aside and said, "These are the assistants that helped perform your surgery. I didn't do it by myself."
I think this was an outstanding gesture on Dr. Smith's part. He recognized his people. In most instances it takes a team to accomplish most anything and when the team is recognized it solidifies the team.
I found Dr. Smith's effort in doing what he did most refreshing and rewarding. I appreciated it more than he will ever know. Thank you, Dr. Ron Smith.
John H. Day