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I would like to give all Whidbey Islanders food for thought regarding Whidbey General Hospital. Prior to moving to Whidbey, my experience was with some of the finest hospitals in San Diego, Calif. After my husband and I moved here in March 2005, we heard only negative comments about Whidbey General. People told us to make sure we went to the mainland if we required hospital care. We accepted this information as fact.
Then came November 2006. … I fell outside our home, shattering all the bones in my lower left leg. With those bones poking through my skin, I crawled from our woods back to our house where I called 911. Emergency personnel arrived (they were great!) and transported me to Whidbey General. From the moment I arrived by ambulance in the emergency room, I could not have asked for better care than what I received. From the doctor who operated to the nurses who took part in my care, everyone was professional and caring and helped me every step of the way. The hospital financial advocate was of tremendous help with the totally unexpected drain on our budget. As a patient, Whidbey General outshone any hospital of my experience.
Now, in 2011, I have experience as a WGH patient, volunteer and employee (Rehab Clerk). Without exception, every professional, employee and volunteer I have encountered is striving to provide islanders with the best available healthcare. Every staff meeting and every department discussion is directed to “patient’s first” and “how can we do better?”
Are there ever errors? Sure, this is real life and we are all human. We learn from them and go on, improving all the time. The economic issues that face us all are major factors for ALL hospitals, not just WGH. Do we wish there were pleasant, easy ways to handle all these issues? Of course! Is there a need for expansion and updating? Absolutely, however, that takes money. Whidbey Islanders, you OWN Whidbey General Hospital! Please remember there are always two sides. You can sit back, do nothing, spew negative hearsay that is likely untrue and let our hospital deteriorate like an abandoned barn. Or we can step up to the plate and take pride in this great facility where everyone is sincerely trying their best to help ALL islanders.
Whidbey General is a PUBLIC, not private, hospital and it belongs to all of us! It’s up to us to join together, keep improving, continue growing and be a place we are all proud of owning. It’s a great hospital and can be even better if we all help. Spread the word!!!!!