Write a review about Carteret County General Hospital Foundation Corporation and help them get on the 2018 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List. That’s what the letter said after receiving it in the mail just a few days ago.
Generally, I do not write reviews for anyone, on anything, at anytime. Haven’t much to say about myself, or my life, but this letter intrigued me and compelled me to answer it. So here goes, my review:
Ten years ago I would never have set a single foot into the Carteret General Hospital, not even to ask for a band aid. I lived in a nearby town and came to the beach most weekends and sometime during the week. In the early years I had many friends who came to the beach, suffered some indignity and was forced, on some occasions, to visit the Carteret General Hospital. Many were treated and released, none for the worse, and I recall not one would ever say anything pleasant about the occurrence. So after years of visiting, living and working in this geographical area, I became hardened to the facts and did everything to avoid ever having to visit Carteret General. During one occasion, when I stepped on an errant oyster shell and cut my foot, I opted to go to the hospital for treatment in a town 30 miles away rather than here at Carteret General Hospital. I just didn’t trust or want treatment here. That was in the early 70’s.
Jump to 2018, January 18th. I awoke from a sound sleep around 4:00 AM, needed to use the facility and stumbled towards the bathroom in the dark. After finishing my needs, I tried desperately to return to bed, but something was definitely wrong as I could not maintain my balance, my heart was racing and I had fainting tendencies. My lady called the EMT’s; off to the hospital emergency room, and four days later I was discharged. Atrial Fibrillation brought me in; the care I received here at Carteret General brought me out.
Skip to May 7th, 2018, and surgery to replace my right hip, totally. Minimal robotic incisions, operation took a little over one hour, into recovery and then to a room. Physical therapy started after about one hour and then I was walking the hallways around the nurse’s station. As before, the quality of care was the reason for my earlier recovery, and now after this recent surgery, I was once again receiving the excellent care needed to expedite my recovery. Ten years ago I would never have trusted, or stopped, at this Hospital. Today I cannot say enough about how Carteret General Hospital has grown and become the premier medical facility it is. Knowledgeable Management and Staff, compassionate nursing, highly respected physicians, and in general, good people who care enough to provide the very best service they can.
It is my humble opinion, that if Carteret General Hospital continues to maintain this positive attitude, it shall grow and prosper and provide medical services far superior than most general hospitals in Eastern North Carolina.
Bernd G. Doss
Morehead City, North Carolina
My wife and I had a premature baby while on vacation. The staff was completely foreign to us and we did not know what to expect. We quickly found that we could not have landed in better care.
The staff was professional but caring. They communicated well as we went through our first labor. More importantly, they helped a six-week-early-baby find his place by our side. They made sure he had the help he needed to survive his first eight days, where he didn't even know how to eat.
He has grown well over the last year. Looking back, we realize we were very lucky to go into labor there. He is a healthy, happy, boy. We couldn't be more thankful.
I am a former employee and currently serve on a hospital committee. Several years ago my husband and I visited the ED around midnight - he was experiencing symptoms of shakiness, pale, sweaty and just didn't "feel right". After receiving fluids he claimed to feel better and asked to go home. An observant ED physician insisted in keeping him overnight for observation. Best Call Ever. There was a major problem with his heart's electrical system and he had a pacemaker inserted the next day. That was 5 years ago. I shudder to think what may have happened had we been allowed to go home.
I have watched this hospital grow and expand throughout the past 20 years with purposeful and insightful intent. We are fortunate to live in a community with this stellar asset.
In 2010, my husband was diagnosed with MDS, a precursor to leukemia. We had just retired to Morehead City and had never had to deal with a cancer of this type. All we could think about was going to Duke or Chapel Hill to get treatment. Then, we met Dr. Jim Loynes and his medical staff at the Raab Clinic/Carteret General Hospital. The professionalism and knowledge of the entire staff convinced us that we were where we should be. At that time, the Raab Cancer Clinic was operating out of a small, dated building, unattached from the hospital, that once was an OB/GYN clinic. With the number of cancer patients in Carteret County, it was obvious that a new facility was desperately needed. With the relentless work by the Director of the Foundation, Susie Collins, and all the many volunteers from the community and the staff, a new cancer clinic was built as an addition to the existing structure of the hospital. Carteret County residents owe a debt of gratitude to the CCGH Foundation for making it possible for us to remain in our town and homes and still receive the very best treatment without having to rely on a larger facility away from home. My family foundation donates monies every year to the CCGH Foundation and will continue to do so to support all the work and heartfelt dedication the CCGH Foundation members have shown our community, not only for the cancer clinic, but for all the needs of CCGH.
I was the Board Chair during the two years of the campaign for our new cancer center. It was the most rewarding volunteer position I have held. The privilege of seeing already first rate medical care being delivered more conveniently was humbling. As a cancer survivor myself, I can testify to the healing progress that is made through the comfort the patient is given when knowing that family members can be there during surgery, together with church family to provide support for one's loved ones, then be able to go home at night. I was fortunate that my experience did not require travel; the travel time for patients and family that previously existed has now been eliminated in great part due to the work of the CHC Foundation. It is first rate, sensitive to special needs that it can assist in providing to the hospital and its patients.
My husband was a patient. He received outstanding care. Our family has used many different hospitals thru the years. Carteret Heath Care gave excellent care and made us feel like family. We did not have that feeling about our care in any of the other hospitals.
As a Board Member, a retired employee, and a volunteer in the Cancer Center & the Information Desk, I have had the privilege of seeing the growth, not on l y in our facility, but in our community over the last 46 years. Being a Foundation Board Member has allowed me to be a part of the vision for growth, & a witness to the evolution of medicine. Our new Cancer Center, the services available now in our new expansion, & our ability to offer more convenience to our patients is why I am dedicated to serving on this Foundation Board.
I have been working for the organization for five years and I have been impressed with the operation. I work the information desk four days a week and each day I can hardly wait to get here. Over the years, I have given money to the organization myself and will continue to do so.
First rate service to the community. This organization is a foundation to a health care facility that allows superior treatment services at a local level with access and expertise provided by alliances with renowned institutions with access to higher levels of expertise.
This foundation has strived to provides local services that previously required patients to travel great distances from their families and support systems for serious medical issues that can now be treated nearby. It continues to identify appropriate opportunities to enhance local options for treatment in a more home like environment that provides enhanced chances for favorable results.
Examples are cancer treatments allied with renowned institutions to provide world class advice from renowned experts to patients on a local level. This organization has allowed better results from superior treatment by providing for greater level of compassion to patients with serious life threatening issues.
Resources directed to this institution have greatly improved the quality and compassionate quality of the health care provided to its local community..