A Culture of Caring

Below is an excerpt from an e-mail I received this week. It’s from a man whose uncle came to Lexington Medical Center’s emergency room with a sudden health problem recently. It’s nice to know that our culture of caring is comforting to patients and families during difficult times.

“We received what I can only say was the hand of Jesus working through the staff of your hospital. I am a bi-vocational pastor and have rarely in 20 years of hospital visits and dealing with folks during times of tragedy seen a group of people so concerned and attentive to the needs of the family whose loved one is dying. I am afraid to mention names for fear of not getting them wrong but there are four individuals who were particularly special to us during this time.

First the gentleman who was first to help (us). His sense of urgency and concern was so greatly appreciated. Second is the young doctor who initially tended to (our uncle). He was at all times professional and clear in his explanations yet displayed true compassion during a very stressful time. Finally the nurses who cared for him in ICU on Sunday. I have never experienced so much compassion and true sympathy/empathy from nurses in any hospital. I once pastored a church that was primarily elderly people. I had the honor of being asked to officiate 27 funerals in a 19 month time span. I sat with many of those dear folks and held their hands as they slipped off into eternity. I can honestly say not in all that time nor since have I seen the degree of ministry from a group of medical professionals that these dear people exhibited this weekend. Thank you and may God continue to bless you as you meet the needs of hurting people.”

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