Keith Prescott: Happy at TMH, part 1

To the editor:

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Keith Prescott. I am a Nurse Anesthetist and work with Mike Lyon to provide anesthesia services at The Memorial Hospital.

Presently I am pursuing a Jurist Doctorate degree to use in conjunction with my profession of anesthesia. I did my undergraduate in nursing and received a BSN at Thoracic at Mckay-Dee hospital. We took care of many sick patients and I pride myself on the exceptional care and interventions I made on these patients’ behalf.

I also worked at a long-term care facility that had chronic tracheotomy and ventilator patients who had suffered paralysis or other neurological events that left them needing constant care.

I'm also a father to 5 boys and this coming year I will celebrate 17 years of marriage.

In 2003 I applied to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. I chose the Mayo Clinic because the level of training and education I would receive would be exceptional. I have worked-side-by side with some of the most well-versed anesthesia providers of our time.

I have sweated and cared for patients when other hospitals were turning them away. I have worked with celebrities and politicians, news anchors and priests. I can attest that the care I gave each of them is identical to the care I give my patients here in Craig.

During my training I was introduced to each specialty significant to anesthesia. I developed a passion for pediatric cases and excelled in that specialty.

I was given a position on staff shortly after graduating and found myself working in pediatrics nearly 80 percent of my time there while still working in each of our other specialties.

Though I loved working with pediatrics I wanted to live closer to family so we moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to be near my wife's family. I was there for 6 years. During that time I did my call in high risk Labor and Delivery and quickly became highly sought after for many of my co-workers who needed an epidural, or C-section, or if their child or loved one were to have surgery.

I continued honing my skills in Pediatrics, obstetrics, neurology, orthopedics, as well as cardiovascular, and general surgery. I attended numerous conferences to gain more credentials and to have access to the newest data pertinent to my occupation.

We enjoyed our time there but working 60-80 hours a week got very old. The reality was that my children were growing up without me.

In the end, I made the decision to look for a job where I could still use my skills, provide great care, work with exceptional staff and enjoy a greater quality of life.

The search brought me to Craig.

I now find myself alongside professionals who are providing care that is equivalent to care in other cities in this great nation. I see our standards of care exceeding that being provided in other places.

Keith Prescott

To read part two of Keith Prescott’s letter, see Friday’s Craig Daily Press or visit www.craigdailypress.com

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