Sentara Albemarle has great ER


George Jackson

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

There are lots of opinions on the quality of medical care available at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. No doubt our hospital, like virtually all complex organizations, has its good days and its bad days. At least for my family, Sunday evening, Feb. 18, was a good day.

From the time I stepped into the emergency room and asked for help with my brother, continuing until he was airlifted to Sentara Heart Center roughly four hours later, I witnessed a second-to-none team seamlessly respond to one unexpected setback followed by another.

No sooner had my brother been whisked into a treatment room than a physician entered and immediately recognized the severity of the situation. He moved us to an adjacent larger, better-equipped room, where near instantaneously, doors started swinging open and medical professionals of all stripes went into action. It was like suddenly opening a kitchen cabinet with ants in it — they scramble in every direction, each one seemingly knowing exactly what to do, as well as what the others are doing.

I didn’t understand the medical terms being thrown back and forth, or the purpose of equipment being rolled in and out the room. The things I did recognize and admire include steadfastness, expertise, dedication and mutual respect. There seemed to be no confusion, just singularity of purpose: stabilize the patient, and take those steps necessary to keep him alive.

My opinion is, our town is lucky to have such a well-equipped and well-staffed emergency room. 

George Jackson

Elizabeth City