To the Editor:

Over the past three months I had the need to clear up a medical thing, first with the Veterans Administration hospital in Boise. I know there has been a lot of bad press for the VA hospitals, but I can tell you firsthand that I received great care.

I was transferred to Blue Mountain Hospital for follow-up care, and I cannot say enough good things about our local hospital. Everyone – from the kitchen staff, to housekeeping, the nurses and CNAs, the lab – went the extra mile to make my stay as pleasant as possible. The director of nursing services and the new temp administrator stopped by a couple of times just to check and see how things were going.

When three ambulances arrived in 15 minutes, additional staff was called in so the level of care was not decreased, and those who came in were very willing to jump right in and do what was needed.

We are blessed with a hospital that is supported by our tax base and has a local board of directors. I for one will be supporting our local hospital in ever way I can.

I hope you don’t need their services but if you do, you will be in good hands.

Eddie Smith

Prairie City

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