With all due respect to a recent letter-writer, he is wrong about the right choice for the partnership at Albemarle Hospital. To pick Duke LifePoint over Sentara because of some North Carolina vs. Virginia competition is the worst reason I can’t think of for making that decision. It’s also the one I’m most concerned about. That kind of mentality is fine for basketball but it would be the absolute wrong reason for partnering with Duke LifePoint.
Last June I had a heart attack and was rushed to Albemarle Hospital. They took one look at me and called for Nightingale to come get me. Within minutes the helicopter arrived and I was flown to Sentara Norfolk Hospital in Norfolk, Va. It was a very short flight. Upon landing I was rushed to the intensive care unit and within minutes I was seen by a very qualified, well experienced, heart surgeon who informed me that I needed a heart catheterization.
It seemed like only a few more minutes I was in the heart catheterization lab having two stents put in my heart. After another day in ICU is was moved to a regular beautiful, large, private room and released a few days later.
The care was excellent and the staff could not have been more caring, helpful or accommodating. My wife was able to visit me with no restrictions and since Sentara is 46.9 miles from Elizabeth City as opposed to Duke being 165 miles away she was able to come and go with relative ease.
Why would Albemarle Hospital want to partner with a hospital over 2 ½ hours away when an excellent hospital exists within 55 minutes of Elizabeth City? From my personal experience the choice seems clear to me that the partnership should be with Sentara. I hope the “good ol’ boy” mentality here in North Carolina does not influence what should be the right and logical decision for the best patient care available.
Go State! Go Tar Heels! Go Sentara! Sorry Duke!
CARROLL E. ROMNEY JR.