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Thursday, March 22, 2018

GMC patients well taken care of


I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee for a torn cartilage last Friday at Glendive Medical Center. Big deal, right? News Flash…Surgery always is, a big deal that is. After the surgery in the recovery area my wife Wende said to me, (one of the few things I remember clearly in my postoperative mental haze), “Golly! It is nice being a doctor when you have surgery.” (She really does say, ‘Golly!’) “Why?”, says I. She said, “Well, everyone is being so nice and taking such good care of you with this whole process.” “No, no!” says I,”This is the way they treat every one of my patients when I bring them to surgery. I’m not being treated any better than any one of my patients that I have taken to the operating room here.” (End of erudite discussion as I was still badly hung over from anesthesia.)

It’s what I love about this place. Modern operating rooms with the latest equipment, professional, knowledgeable, friendly, extremely competent staff who go out of their way to make sure the patients are well taken care of every time and who are interested in learning all the time, excellent physicians on staff and those who visit from Ortho Montana, Billings Clinic and elsewhere. Great post-op care both same day and on acute care for overnight stays. Why would I go anywhere else? I didn’t. Neither should you.

By the way, when I went back to work Tuesday morning with a patient in labor, while I was waiting for her to progress in labor, I was treated by the nurses to a comfy chair, another chair and pillow to rest my healing leg on, a big bag of ice and a couple of Aleve’s. I was told, ”We’re all nurses AND Mom’s. We can’t help it. We have to take care of you. It’s in our blood!” Guess what? I’m better now. Thanks!

Richard Lewis, D.O.

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