Health care is a tough business and not because of payment cuts or regulations. It’s tough because “care” is a part of health care. Our staff cares for their patients and they become emotionally involved with their patients and that’s one of the reasons we provide special “care” at GVMH.
We provide oncology services in our Outpatient Treatment Center and many of the patients who receive those services do so over a number of months and even years. One of the patients who had been receiving chemotherapy services for the past couple of years recently lost her battle with cancer and it dealt a hard blow to the staff who had been involved in her care. Several staff members attended the patient’s funeral and shed a tear as they said goodbye.
The day after the funeral the patient’s family visited the Outpatient Treatment Center to thank staff for the care they had provided to their mother, sister, aunt and spouse and they presented the staff with treats, they also presented staff with a card.
The hand written inscription on the inside of the card read:
“Thank you. You gave us the greatest gift of all and one that is more valuable than any gift we could ask for: More Time!”
We are in the business of saving lives, unfortunately some things are out of our hands. We treat patients and provide care to patients but sometimes those who benefit most from our care are the friends and loved ones of those we treat. Time is valuable and time can never be regained but sometimes time can be extended and when it is, more time, can be the greatest of all gifts.
Every day is a blessing and we are blessed to be a part of someone’s day especially when we get to play a role in helping someone have another tomorrow.