On Jan. 5, I had aortic valve replacement surgery at Grand Strand. Dr. McIntyre was my surgeon. This was the first time I had been in a hospital for a major operation.
For those who have had heart surgery, you know what an ordeal it can be. I just want to give kudos to everyone involved in my procedure. The OR staff all came into the waiting area to introduce themselves and explain their part in the operation. The CVICU nurses, aides and staff were wonderful, pleasant and caring, even though they were working long hours with people requiring a lot of attention. Everyone who saw me and worked with me, including the physical therapy, X-ray and respiratory technicians were friendly and always asked if I had any questions for them. Once I was moved to PCU South, I found the same level of care and concern. I cannot say enough good things about the nursing staff and nursing aides in this unit.
They understand what heart patients are going through. I guess you can never really say a hospital stay was a pleasant experience, but the staff of Grand Strand did their best to make my stay as comfortable as possible. Dr. McIntyre visited me on several occasions and always made time to answer my questions. His staff are also competent, kind and courteous.
Now I see Grand Strand is to become a teaching hospital. What a great experience it will be for medical students to see the caring and respect the doctors and staff have for their patients as they also learn the fundamentals of becoming a competent internist or surgeon.
The writer lives in Surfside Beach.