Life

Our experience at the Washington County Hospital

The main entrance and emergency entrance to the Washington County Hospital and Clinics in Washington, Iowa on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
The main entrance and emergency entrance to the Washington County Hospital and Clinics in Washington, Iowa on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

My wife Beth and I started the new year with a new experience.

On Jan. 13, she became a patient and I, a caretaker. Dr. Overton from the Steindler Clinic in Iowa City performed hip surgery and Beth was the recipient of that new hip.

The surgery was completed at our Washington County Hospital. Having had no other prior inpatient encounter with the hospital, the entire event was an eye-opening, five-star experience. The experience happened the moment we stepped through the hospital doors a week prior to surgery for consultation up until Beth was helped into the car to return home.

Excellent skills and protocols are important in health care, but compassion is as well and from our experience, WCHC excels at all those levels.

From the doctors, nurses, therapists, aides, kitchen staff, to the volunteers at the gift shop and all of those behind the scenes, everyone over-the-top terrific. Bricks and mortar form a building, but the heart and soul of the people is what makes our WCHC a great hospital.

Thank you to everyone for making our experience at the WCHC a five-star event. It is truly humbling to see the gifts God has given his people put to such great skilled, dedicated and compassionate work.

Sometimes we don’t know how fortunate we are until an event happens and opens our eyes. Our town, Washington, is blessed to have the Washington County Hospitals and Clinic. Once again, thank you to all who make that happen.