Patient Stories

A Visit with Vera Everman
October 19, 2012: Vera Everman is no stranger to Wayne County Hospital. Her daughter was born here shortly after the hospital first opened in 1955 and she was an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority which helped with the opening celebrations. To say Mrs. Everman believes in this hospital and all it has to offer our community is an understatement.

She wanted to share her most recent experience which took place the first week of October 2012. She was admitted for shortness of breath and atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heart beat. She was placed in our newly reactivated eICU unit which provides an enhanced care capability with remote monitoring linked to St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City. She was our first eICU patient since the service had just been reopened the day before. Despite her many years of experience with our hospital, Mrs. Everman was impressed by the quality of care and the added comfort she felt with the higher level of care provided through the eICU monitoring. “It was amazing to be lying in bed in Corydon talking to a nurse monitoring me in Kansas City. There is a TV monitor and they can see and hear me, and I can see and hear them. All of my vital signs were being monitored there, as well. I felt like I had a ‘double guard’ watching over me. I had read about the eICU but quite honestly I didn’t really understand what the technology meant. I want to tell you it is awesome and provides an added level of reassurance. For a rural community, I think we are blessed.”

Mrs. Everman also shared how much it means to see familiar faces at our hospital; having people she has known over the years caring for her. “I want people to understand what a lovely facility we have with an amazing group of people who truly care about you. The nurses were so diligent and provided excellent care. Dr. Wells has been my physician for many years and he always takes time for me. I know he’s very busy but I never feel rushed. It meant a lot when members of the staff would drop in just to say ‘hi’. It impressed me that the cleaning staff would always ask ‘Is there anything else I can do for you?’ The Respiratory Therapist was always friendly when she gave me my treatments. Everyone was sincere and it showed.”

Mrs. Everman mentioned how happy she was to see the Cardiac Rehab service added. She had to travel to a neighboring facility and knows there are many people in our community who will benefit from having this service provided locally.

In closing Mrs. Everman stated, “I’m so proud of this place. It’s just awesome to be able to go to the hospital and not be upset about being there.”

Mrs. Vera Everman surrounded by some of the nurses who cared for her during her stay in the eICU.

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Dear Wayne County Hospital Board of Directors,

The family of Anabel Sheets would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Wayne County Hospital Board Members for the exceptional care our mother / grandmother and family members received by everyone during her time in the Hospice facility.

We were thankful to transfer her “home” from Mercy Hospital to the top notch Hospice room. Everyone sympathized with our needs from the nursing staff, housekeeping, laundry, food service and especially Dr. Baker’s understanding and dedication to our family. The laundry staff asked if we needed blankets, the housekeeping staff asked to freshen our room; food service provided a tray of snacks and drinks for our convenience. The food in the cafeteria was excellent and greatly appreciated. The partnership the Wayne County Hospital and Hospice did was amazing and beyond our expectations.

The nurses treated Mom with dignity and talked to her even though she had little or no response. The nurses kept us up-to-date on her vitals and having the fabulous bed allowed her to be moved to a comfortable position easily. The nurses even washed her hair the last morning.

No where would we have received this tender loving care. The Wayne County Hospital Board Members should be proud of the ‘extraordinary employees’ and the “caring service” they provide the community. We are all very thankful that we were fortunate to grow up in a caring and thoughtful community. Everyone’s kindness will never be forgotten.

Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.
Danny, Janet, Dale, Sheryel and Nancy Sheets
Chad, Lennie, Brady and Brock Sheets
Kelly and Kinzey Johnston

What stands out about this experience to both Stan and Sarah are the people at the WCH Rehabilitation Center. “They were so good to us, always upbeat and positive. Very caring, personal and professional; they spent time with us so we understood what was being done and why,” said the Lovetts. “I’m a believer now,” said Stan.

Stan Lovett
Occupational Therapy Patient for the treatment of lower extremity lymphedema