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January 27, 2010 - Ray Hall (Archive)
Jan 27, 2010

Jamestown--Health care is a national issue right now, but one week ago today health care became up close and personal for me. I have long appreciated that we have a tertiary care hospital in a small medical market and we are indeed fortunate because such a facility would not exist if the WCA was a privately operated facility.

Last Wednesday I experienced pains that were uncomfortable and uncharacteristic of those that naturally occur and by mid-afternoon and a call to my personal physician, Dr. John Lamancuso, I went to WCA Hospital’s Emergency Room. I was immediately greeted by a man, Kevin was his name I believe.

The subsequent events are a little hazy, but he began at once to arrange me on a gurney and a woman--a nurse, Marianna came to my assistance. After blood work, an EKG, a chest X-Ray and other procedures the Emergency Room Doctor advised me that tests revealed that I had experienced a heart attack.

From that point they stabilized me, loaded me on a Star Flight Helicopter and twenty minutes later I was in the Cardiac Care Center in Hamot Hospital in Erie. Today I am recuperating at home and will return to Hamot in eight or nine weeks for another procedure.

My point; one week ago today in our local hospital there were many nameless people--people with faces that became a blur, people who concentrated their professional energies to make sure that I was stable. Then there was the Star Flight Crew member, his name escapes me, who held my head in his hands on the flight to Erie to make me more comfortable.

WCA, I believe, is in the process of redoing the Emergency Room, making it even better and they are accepting donations. I leave it to others to follow their own minds and hearts toward giving, but I know one whose meager contribution is on its way.

I hope to return next week with my usual commentary--I really had a screed on the Massachusetts election, but in the mean time pardon the interruption. Thank you.


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