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Lance Scranton: A Tribute to TMH

Lance Scranton

Lance Scranton

Sometimes columnists just have to brag about the people that make their community such a great place. We can easily name people who make life almost unbearable but too often our focus strays away from those who make a difference. Paying compliments can be uncomfortable, because we feel like we have to include as many people as possible but the spotlight will focus on a particular group this week.

The people who work for this organization are some of the most caring, kind and capable people I have ever met. It must be a bit strange for them to see people rushing through the doors, impatiently demanding attention and expecting a timely response to their every concern. I've been in the building on more than a few occasions this fall and am always greeted with a smile, prompt attention, a kind word and precise directions.

Public professions are so often victims of unfounded ridicule and constant complaining, but the doctors, nurses and support staff of our local hospital are doing many things right and should be commended more often. It is truly a blessing to have a hospital in our community that can provide services usually found only in larger medical centers.

This fall, two of our sons required medical attention for some pretty serious health issues: one for an ACL and meniscus repair and just a few weeks later, an emergency appendectomy. During both procedures we were treated promptly, professionally and with care. Our community is fortunate to have professionals who make complicated medical situations seem routine. The depth of concern Dr. Meininger and Dr. Womble displayed was comforting and reassuring. A super-capable support team of nurses, anesthesiologists, receptionists, clerks, technicians and administrators who generally work behind the scenes make the doctor's responsibilities easier, and it is important that each of you know that your efforts do not go unnoticed.

A small tribute to The Memorial Hospital and the folks who make it all happen — thanks, you are appreciated!