Hughes thanks SkyRidge, Life Care for work
Dec 15, 2013 | 515 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To The Editor:

I have experienced in recent weeks the quality care and professionalism of our local hospital, our doctors and our nurses; that’s because I have spent a lot of time at the hospital since my wife had an accident.

She had been in ICU for a period of time, and from there to Life Care Centers of America.

I promised myself that I would let people know what kind of services we have in Cleveland. I will tell it like it is. SkyRidge Medical Center sometimes gets a bad rap because of people who believe that if you’re hurt you need to go to Chattanooga.

I am here to testify that at SkyRidge we had the best service that anyone could get. The nurses were marvelous. The doctor we had first in the Emergency Room was Dr. DeVane. He’s the best. He’s a caring individual who does a marvelous job with a tremendous bedside manner. He just did a wonderful job.

Then you have the doctor who did the surgery, Dr. Osborne. He is local, and did a wonderful job in surgery on my wife.

Then you go to Life Care and get people like Beecher Hunter, president, and Esmerelda Lee, who is a professional in hospitality, as well as Jeremy Gravell and Nina Lopez. All are tremendous people who prove themselves day in and day out to be concerned individuals whose priority is the patient. That’s what you need when you have a tragedy.

We feel genuinely comfortable with our local facilities in Cleveland. I just wanted to say to everyone that we as Cleveland and Bradley County residents should be proud of what we have. We have excellent local people who can do a marvelous job in times of need.

So I say, hats off to our local people. Hats off to the people at the hospital. Hats off to doctors and nurses who really care.

I’m also going to toot a horn for Amy Frederick. She is in charge of the nurses at SkyRidge and she does a wonderful job.

I just felt like expressing all of this and letting people know we in Cleveland are blessed. We don’t need to look elsewhere.

As a Cleveland City Councilman, I take personal pride in calling this community my home and I credit our health care professionals for their role in giving me that feeling.

— Dale R. Hughes