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Grateful Moments, Grateful Patients. For you or a loved one...Did someone at Mid Coast make a difference in your life? Read and share stories. Visit us at:
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Stories from Patients and Families

Artie's Story: Heart Attack Survivor

I went into the men's room and ... that's all I can remember ... somebody shut the lights out ... there was no sound ... no feeling ... no nothing ...
 
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TODAY'S FEATURED STORY:
A Pleasant Productive Relationship

For the past several months, it has been my pleasure to work with Ruth Macy. Her skills and knowledge served me well.
From the first visit, she listened to my history of orthopedic ailments/surgical interventions, learned about my lifestyle, and became aware of my short- and long-term goals of therapy.

Ruth was the perfect physical therapist for me. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable and able to communicate, not only how to perform certain exercises but also why, which is important to me. I am enjoying better mobility and now have more tools in order to keep progressing. Ruth's professionalism, skills, knowledge and personal touch made for a pleasant and productive relationship. Thank you for providing such an exemplary physical therapist in the practice.
M. M.
 

What an Amazing Group of People

I am so grateful to every single person I encountered during my labor and delivery at Mid Coast.
As one of the most - if not THE most - important days of my life, it has been etched into my memory as a time of joy, laughter, kindness, braveness, and teamwork! I did not have an easy labor by any means and am certain that my memory of it would be much less positive if it were not for all the nurses, docs, etc. who cheered me on and helped me proudly bring my beautiful daughter into the world. Special thanks to Dr. Anderson for always making me feel heard and giving me such great care throughout the entire journey. What an amazing group of people there is up in labor and delivery!
Ashley L.
Topsham, Maine
 

Singing the Praises of Mid Coast Hospital

My deepest thanks to the staff of the ER and the Cardiac ICU and every other department that supports them. I was brought in by ambulance last Thursday and I hadn't been in a hospital as a patient since I was 7 years old...almost 60 years ago.
I was terrified but everyone was so caring, professional, and efficient and everyone had a good sense of humor, all of which put me at as much ease as possible under the circumstances. My ICU nurses, David, Zac, Michael, and Michael, were just wonderful. The discharge case worker was amazing and with the cardiologist made gargantuan efforts to work with my insurer on covering the new prescriptions. I have been singing the praises of this hospital and staff since my discharge...to anyone who will listen. Thank you all from the bottom of my healing heart.
Cheryl W.
Freeport, Maine
 

The Nurses Listened and Cared

I came in today for a diagnostic endoscopy. I want to thank the nurses. They helped me to calm down, they were expert IV starters, and actually listened and cared. Thank you!
Kimberly W.
Wiscasset, Maine
 

Professional, Expert, Happy, and Caring

I recently found myself in need of surgery. Luckily, I had it done at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine.
It was so easy. I was nervous going in, but everyone put me at ease right away. They explained everything that was going to happen perfectly clearly, and I felt confident with their plan and their expertise. They told me it might hurt a lot for a few days, but it didn't. In fact, it never hurt at all, thanks to the skill of the whole team in general, and the surgeon, Dr. Ira Bird, in particular.

I had no complications and am very happy with the result. But what's more than that, every single person whom I met (which was quite a few!) was so pleasant, genuinely happy with their life, and as busy as they were, still found the time to talk, listen, and really care. What a great bunch! They saved my life, again. They also saved my mom's life on more than one occasion, some years ago, for which we are eternally grateful. I found everyone there to be professional and expert, as well as happy and caring. Thank you, Mid Coast Hospital!
William H.
Phippsburg, Maine
 

A Huge Difference in My Ability to Get Well

I have to say that during my stay at Mid Coast Hospital I was overwhelmed by the care I received.
Everyone I encountered was upbeat, friendly and extremely kind, putting my comfort and wellbeing foremost. The care I received was very professional but yet delivered in a way that was personal and warm. It truly made me feel like I was the only person on the floor. Thank you all so much, as you made a huge difference in my ability to get well and get well fast. You all are so good at what you do and you made it look easy. I said to my nurse, "When do you think I can check out of the hotel?" One can see how easy it would be to get confused under your care.
Brad E.
Phippsburg, Maine
 

The Addiction Resource Center Saved My Son's Life

Never before would I have believed that my son would be in need of the service provided by the ARC program. A little over two years ago, he graduated from high school, an honors student who never got into trouble with drugs, he knew better, at least until he went off to college.
The power of a heroine addiction is that it can cause the most able mind to believe that it is under control, when in fact its hold intensifies along with the denial to oneself and others. Eventually it led him into behaviors that were completely contrary to his previously healthy mind/body disposition.

Probation and a one hour, once a week session with a counselor, only helped him to mask his addiction, for an additional year. He nearly died of overdose and even through his extreme sickness (constant vomiting) the power of the heroine still caused him to deny the addiction. A year ago, I had urged my son to enter the program when I had doubts about his using, but legally could not force him. And then too there was my own denial; why would I believe this about my son?

Only after his necessity of legal assistance was he urged to enter the ARC program. It saved his life. It is likely he would not be here today if it were not for this. What he had was the equivalent of any insidious and pervasive disease and his treatment: a complete immersion in group therapy four hours every day for weeks, was just what he needed.

Watching my son through it all, I've seen his emotional/physical health improve so much that he completed the program a stronger/healthier person than ever before. He was so happy about completing this program that he decided that he never wanted to look back at that dark past and decided to move forward and complete his college education.

If only this program could have been made legally mandatory for him a year ago for right now he sits in prison. His sentencing came after (and crime previous) to his successful completion of this program. I can only hope that his prison sentence does not undo all of the good that the ARC program has done for him.
Susan L.
Brunswick, Maine
Read more about: Addiction Resource Center
 

The Staff Didn't Disappoint!

As a longtime volunteer at Mid Coast Hospital, I knew i would receive exemplary care when admitted to the ER with a fractured hip. The staff didn't disappoint!
From the caring approach of the ER to the staff on the surgical floor, the entire experience was handled professionally and skillfully. For example, the floor nurse searched the entire building to get a Coke to settle my stomach; the OR was fully booked that day and the orthopedic surgeon operated at 12:30 a.m. "because I needed it"; a young nurse stayed the night with me when I was having an A-Fib incident the day after surgery; the cheerful greetings from staff overheard as they responded to patients pressing their call buttons in the middle of the night? The mid coast area is fortunate to have a community hospital to provide expert and caring medical services to local residents and those who are in the area.
Carolyn G.
Brunswick, Maine
 

Impressed in All Ways

While on vacation last week, I was suffering from a migraine and vomiting. Our friends sent us to Mid Coast Hospital, saying it was the best around.
Within minutes of arriving at the ER, I was in a room waiting for an IV to be started. I was attended by Sarah, a PA who was a wonder to me that day. She listened as I told her my history of migraines and what kind of treatment I receive when in this much pain. She totally impressed me in all ways... Ashley was my RN, along with Laura as the tech, both of whom were also outstanding. After getting my much needed meds, I realized that I didn't have enough of my regular meds that I take for my migraines, and with Sarah's help, I left the ER with little pain, no vomiting and no stress regarding my med supply.
Andrea H.
Orange, Massachusettes
 

Such Friendly Staff

My 9-year-old son fell while skim boarding at the beach on Saturday, hurting his foot.
He was afraid to go to the emergency room, but needed to be seen to rule out a broken foot. Everyone at the hospital was wonderful! We were taken right in, had very little wait before getting x-rays, and were in and out quickly. All of the staff was very friendly, from Phyllis when we first walked in to Callie, the PA who treated Timmy, along with everyone else involved in his care. I have never had an ER trip go by so quickly, or with such friendly staff.
Alexandra G.
Sterling, Massachusettes
 

Caring, Professional, and Efficient Staff

I need you to know what excellent staff member that are employed at Mid Coast. I am a retied RN, so have knowledge of the workings of hospitals.
So often all is heard is the dissatisfaction, but in this case, I cannot praise enough all of the areas that we encountered during my husband's stay. Please tell all the staff on the day shifts and the night shifts how pleased we were with his care. Everyone we came in contact with from the doctors, nurses, aides, volunteers, Cafe staff, and other staff were the most caring, professional, and efficient staff we have had the pleasure to meet. Please tell the ED and the second floor staff how much I appreciate their kindness at a time that was stressful for both of us. You should be proud of you hospital and staff and I hope that you have much success in the future.
Patty P.
Clarksville, Tennessee
 

Excellent Care that Saved My Life

The EMTs, Doctors, Nurses and all medical staff stepped right up to save a stranger and help a young woman, not knowing what was wrong with me.
... Thank you for providing me with excellent care that saved my life. Myles, Anthony, Diane, Dr. LaPrad, Dr. Sreden, Dr. Simon, thank you all. The staff at Mid Coast is the best.

Paulette D.
Lincolnton, North Carolina
 

Thank You for the Wonderful Teddy Bear Program

I want to thank everyone involved with the Teddy Bear Program. My 2 1/2 year-old daughter Charlotte broke her leg yesterday and while I managed to throw some snacks and books into my bag in my rush to leave the house and get her to the Walk-In Clinic quickly, I didn't think to bring a toy or stuffed animal for her to hug.
When we got there, Charlotte was in quite a bit of pain and scared about what was going to happen. She was quickly given one of your teddy bears to hug and she literally did not let go of that bear for the next 8 hours.

We were seen fairly quickly, got our x-rays and a splint on her leg and were on our way home within an hour/hour and a half, but she held tight to that bear the whole time and then at home on the couch she wouldn't let it go for hours.

I was not aware of your program before yesterday as (thankfully) this was our first emergency visit with a child but I just wanted to reach out and thank you for this wonderful program. That bear made a bad situation a lot easier for a scared little girl. The staff at the Walk-In Clinic was wonderful and I really appreciate all that you do.

Erin S.
Topsham, Maine
Read more about: Teddy Bear Club
 

Cleanest Hospital Ever

I stayed at your hospital recently and have found that this is the cleanest hospital ever.
I stayed on the Med Surg unit and the two names I remember are Chris and Lynnette. They were cleaning the patient bed next to me when she left, and they worked remarkably together. They seemed very thorough at their jobs. The girl was happy to help me out with the remote as well. Loved this hospital.
Barbara
Phippsburg, Maine
 

Exceptional Attention and Care

I would like to thank everyone at Mid Coast Hospital for the exceptional attention and care of my wife during her recent visit.
My wife arrived at the ER with a temp of 106.1 and was soon diagnosed with a 8 mm kidney stone with a bad case of infection. Your staff soon had her stabilized and into surgery to correct the problem. My sincerest and heartfelt thank you to each of those on your staff who were there for her (us). You guys are the best!!!!
Dan O.
 

Impressive Customer Service

I was impressed with the caring and friendliness of everyone I encountered when I had out patient surgery for a hernia two weeks ago.
Very impressive and I am a bit of a fanatic on customer service. Also I have been a hospital administrator/executive so understand the issues, at least to a degree. Everyone including the physician, CRNAs, volunteers, and of course the nursing staff were incredibly welcoming. Thank you!
Tom L.
Freeport, Maine
 

Cared for Like Family

I recently spent a few days at Mid Coast and a few nurses were so very helpful.
I really thought Anne and Christa on Med Surg were so nice. They never made me feel like I was bothering them, although I rarely ask for help. I felt like I was being cared for by a member of my family. Kudos to you both!
Sandra B.
Boothbay, Maine
 

Emergency Department Breath of Fresh Air

We had just moved to Maine from Massachusetts the week before when my son stepped on a nail. He had no health insurance but we had to bring him to Emergency (he needed a tetanus shot). Having gone to Emergency Rooms in Mass. we knew (so we thought) that it would be at least a 4 hour ordeal. (One time I was there in Mass. 8 hours as was my son another time.)
Imagine our surprise that we walked right into a clean, state-of-the-art facility, greeted by wonderful, caring people, and we were out in less than an hour! I have been raving about your hospital and the care we received. We were never made to feel bad that he had no insurance. You are indeed a breath of fresh air. Thank you!
Lisa
Read more about: Emergency Department
 

Sweet Nurses Attentive and Kind

The past month I have had many new (for me) tests and experiences at Mid Coast Hospital. Everyone was kind, considerate, personable and compassionate.
The nurses who checked me in were so sweet to me, and explained everything they were going to do. My discharge nurse was attentive and kind. Thanks to everyone who made me feel important and cared for and made my minor event (but a big deal to me) less traumatic.
Barbara G.
Bath, Maine
 

If Mid Coast Needs a Reference...

Every aspect of my surgery, the OR nurses, anesthesiologist, recovery, far exceeded my expectations.
David L.
Bowdoin, Maine
 

Nurses in Intensive Care Should Be Recognized

You have a great Intensive Care Unit. I can only remember one nurse named John, but the other nurses [and] student nurses did a wonderful job taking care of me.
They made sure that I was always comfortable and provided the necessary medication to control my pain. They should be recognized and made aware of the great job they do day after day.
Philip D.
Brunswick, Maine
 

Says Emergency Department Best in State

I was rushed into the Emergency Room at Mid Coast Hospital with very severe pain in the lower stomach and groin area.
I do not know the names of all the nurses and doctors that treated me in the Emergency Room, but I felt that they should be complemented for doing a wonderful job and doing it with great care and patience. Your Emergency Room staff has to be the best in the State.
Philip D.
Brunswick, Maine
Read more about: Emergency Department
 

One Week at Mid Coast

I recently spent a week [at Mid Coast Hospital] and the care was uniformly outstanding. The nurses and doctors are an amazing team of health care professionals who are second to none!
Mid Coast Hospital is a well-oiled machine that is staffed by a team of extraordinarily talented nurses and board-certified physicians. We are very fortunate to have this outstanding hospital and staff located in the Brunswick area.
(As published by The Times Record.)
Tim M.
Topsham, Maine
 

Shout Out to Gale Dubuc from the Lab

I would like to give some very positive feedback for a Mid Coast Hospital employee. I came in to have some lab work done and Gale Dubuc took excellent care of me. I have never met Gale prior to yesterday but she made it feel like we were old friends, which was wonderful because I very much dislike having my blood drawn.
Her friendly yet professional manner made me feel more at ease and her expertise made this experience of having blood drawn the most enjoyable one yet, and I have had many recently. I could tell that Gale was being vigilant about how long I had to wait and how much time the whole process was taking for me. She made sure I was in and out as quickly as possible which I very much appreciated since I was on a tight schedule. If I could I would never have blood taken by anyone else. Gale is a gem! I will certainly be coming back to Mid Coast for the future testing I need done in hopes that Gale will be there. Thank you.
Sarah B.
Read more about: Mid Coast Hospital Lab
 

Thank You to Dr. Bird, Nurses and Staff

We were recently in Maine for a visit with my sister and in the early hours of Sept. 8, 2011, my husband had to be taken by ambulance to your hospital.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of my husband and myself to say Thank You for the excellent care that he received. He had to have gallbladder surgery as a result of this. We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone from the ambulance drivers from Bath, the Emergency room doctors and staff, x-ray techs, nursing staff both in the ER, operating/recovery room and on the floor. He was on level 2.

We would also like to thank Dr. Bird for his excellent care. He was truly sent from above to care for my husband. We are from Calvert County Maryland and it is a frightening thing to be away from home and become ill. Everyone at Mid Coast made us feel at ease and at home. You should be very proud of what you do.

Could you please pass this on to your staff.
Thank you so much.

Donna and William S.
Huntingtown
 

Noticed "Attention Paid to Every Detail"

I grew up on Orr's Island and I was a little skeptical of her choice of Brunswick for a hospital. My father was chief of anesthesia at Maine Med for over a decade - our exposure is to bigger centers. Walking into the light filled space where attention has been paid to every detail - I was instantly won over From the Zorach sculpture that has a prominent spot in the front entry to the whimsical granite and wood seating with rivulets for rubber ducks.
The staff was attentive, professional and made signing in a pleasant two second experience (and so clever - having Sudoku puzzles in a basket for people who are waiting). We were then taken to a private room - for day surgery? I thought we were in the wrong place - that overlooked the woods and walking trails.

The staff was empathetic, professional and attentive (special shout out to nurses Jamie, Joel & Kandy).

I was able to come and go - which allowed me to check out the art on the second floor and I now covet the Dhalov Ipcar I discovered From a facility perspective - you have it down pat-extremely impressed.

Thank you for taking care in providing the best possible environs for a stressful situation (your staff seems to appreciate what they have as well and that carries through to the client.

Cynthia
Camden, Maine
 

A "Friendly and Caring Environment"

I have lived in Maine since 2008, and up until this year, I stayed with my doctor in New Hampshire, putting off doctors visits until I could go down there. I have had horrible luck in the past with new hospitals, and didn't want to go through the nightmare of having to get used to yet another one.
When I walked in, I expected the staff to be haughty and rude, like I had previously encountered in larger hospitals. How pleasantly surprised I was, and still am! Everybody there makes you feel right at home, they are so nice.

I still can't get over the fact that I have gotten into the majority of my appointments right on time. I no longer dread my doctors visits, and am confident that if I have a question, I won't be looked down upon at this hospital. I am no longer stressed out about all the things that could go wrong during my delivery, but rather looking forward to my delivery knowing that my doctors and nurses are there to help both myself and my child. They have my full trust!

Just wanted to let you know that you guys have done a great job building such a friendly and caring environment. I would recommend you guys in a heartbeat!

Danielle B.
 

Arriving 2:30 a.m. for Baby Delivery

We arrived at your hospital at 2:30 AM and were greeted by a registration staff person who was very friendly and professional. In Maternity, they were aware of our long ride and were friendly and caring about our commute. I want to also say that Mary (a Maternity nurse) was exceptional.
I can't say enough about my positive visit and the professionalism of the staff and physician. I've worked in the healthcare field for the last thirty year and I was so impressed with your facility and staff. From the time we walked into the hospital from the girl who toasted my bagel to the doctor who delivered EVERYONE I encountered was professional and friendly.
Donna Z.
 

Son Treated at Brunswick's Walk-In Clinic

I have always had great luck with my primary physician, but my youngest son became ill very quickly on a Sunday. I took him out to run errands. He developed a fever and rapidly became lethargic.
I drove him straight to the clinic without returning home. The experience was wonderful and supportive. I will definitely will use the clinic again. I am grateful to have a clinic in our area to use over an emergency room visit. My son was more comfortable and seen quickly. It is a wonderful alternative to the emergency room.
Laura L.
Brunswick, Maine
 

Grateful for Hospice Nurse Crystal

My wife Kathie died of pancreatic cancer after a nearly 4 year battle. I will never forget the love, care, kindness and professionalism provided to my wife by CHANS hospice nurse Crystal. She truly was and is an angel.
There are no words sufficient to describe how good nurse Crystal was, or how she made Kathie and I feel as the weeks went on and we knew the end was coming. Many people do good in their jobs. But then there is a one in a million person that was born to do something - it is in them from the moment they come into the world. Like someone who is born with a beautiful melodic singing voice. They were born to sing.

Crystal was born to be a Hospice Nurse. There is a calmness in her voice. She would show so much love as she gently touched my wife's arm and sometimes kissed her on the cheek before leaving. Her presence brought comfort and confidence. It was like we finally had a friend in this nightmare. As much as my kids, family and friends were supportive, and as much as we loved and respected our doctor dearly, there was always a bubble that only Kathie and I were in. When Crystal arrived, she soon came into the bubble with us.

I will carry in my heart, for the rest of my life, an appreciation for this fine human being, Crystal, and an appreciation for all nurses and hospice nurses, but especially CHANS hospice nurses. Crystal could not heal our tears or prevent the inevitable, but she gave my wife and I comfort and peace. I am so grateful for Crystal. And will always be.
Richard D.
Topsham, Maine
Read more about: CHANS Hospice
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