Notes from the Heart
Our patients and their families share their gratitude for the compassion and care provided by our staff.
Lauren was my "angel." I was waiting to get a radiology test and was not feeling well. Lauren got me some warm blankets and kept an eye on me. I started feeling so bad that I almost passed out and a rapid response was called. Lauren and Mary stayed by me through it all, talking to me and holding my hand. I felt that they truly cared about me. Lauren was very tender and loving toward me. It meant so much to have such kind people with me through the whole ordeal.
Beth and Anna Marie are awesome and took wonderful care of me. My medications were always on time and they treated me with respect and I felt like they really cared about my health. I wanted to go smoke, but Beth explained why I couldn't in such a nice way that I didn't even mind not being able to smoke. Both Beth and Anna Marie went above and beyond in their care for me.
Dreena came to speak with me after there was some confusion about my food tray. She was sweet and sincere and handled the whole problem very well. David brought up the correct tray and was also very sweet. He noticed that I was very lonely and stayed for a few minutes to talk with me.
I love St. Anthony's and will be shouting your praises far and wide!
I wanted to tell you how great our recent ER visit was! My husband was in a car accident and I took him to your ER to be checked out. It was the best ER experience we have ever had! Thanks so much for the improvements.
My friend had a stroke last year, so when he recently wasn't feeling well, I brought him to your ED in case he was having another stroke. From the time we walked in to the time we left everyone was so friendly and the services were fantastic. The staff couldn't have been better to us. They even looked out for me. Everything was clearly explained to us and we really appreciated the wonderful service he received.
I was recently in the ED and there was a male nurse, Shannon, who was the best nurse I have ever seen. He was very kind and friendly. His attitude and competence makes me want to use SAMC if I ever need to get emergency treatment again.
Last week I entered the emergency room at St. Anthony's with extreme back pain. I spent little time in the waiting room and was later diagnosed with a kidney stone. I just wanted to pass on to you that I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the entire staff that treated me. The nurses, Dr. Robert Yeager, even the employee who wheeled me to have a CAT scan, all treated me with a great deal of respect. I cannot thank you and your employees enough for their help. I believe that the St. Louis area is very fortunate to have such a remarkable facility known as St. Anthony's Medical Center. Thanks again.
We had a very good experience and felt well cared for in a recent visit to the ED. The doctor explained all of his findings and was very considerate of my dad's condition and answered all of our questions. I like the pre-work (blood tests) before you get into an examining room so the doctor has all of the information he needs.
I want to thank everyone at St. Anthony's for the excellent care given to my husband. Starting at the emergency room, to his hospital room, we had excellent care. I can't say enough about everyone that helped us - all the care and all the tests, so as not to miss any problems. The nurses were very knowledgeable with good, caring personalities. I would highly recommend the heart division at St. Anthony's to everyone. St. Anthony's it's staff is fabulous!
I just wanted to express my gratitude. I took my toddler to the Fenton Urgent Care today. Our family has used this facility on numerous occasions and we ALWAYS have wonderful customer service. We get in and out which is wonderful when youâ€™re not feeling good. Iâ€™m so glad your facility is so accessible, open late and open on the weekends!
If it had not been for the exceptional care and out of the box thinking of your physicians and the great care carried out by the rest of your staff, I would not be here to write this e-mail. To say thank you seems so minimal for everything that was done for me.
I have to say St. Anthony's would not have been my first choice of hospitals in the past but I believe without a shadow of a doubt that if I had been in any other hospital, I would not be here today. Kudos for the caliber of physicians and staff that you have. I will now recommend St. Anthony's to everyone I know. Thank you again for not only the excellent care but for my life.
I truly felt like my team of physicians not only cared about me as a patient but as a person. I have said often since my stay there that I felt like I was an Olympic athlete and my doctors were my coaches. Every time they came in my room, they commented on my progress and encouraged me to keep working hard to get better and congratulated me on how hard I was working to get better.
I commend you on the changes you are making and just wanted to say keep up the good work. It matters to all of us in the community who need an exceptional healthcare facility we can count on.
Emergency Department/Heart Unit: When I came to your ER, I thought I had the flu but found out I had a heart condition. I'm still overwhelmed by your facility and the care I received.
Elise in the ER and her team scrutinized every symptom and vital sign to determine my illness. She was knowledgeable and skilled, yet friendly and compassionate.
I stayed in the heart unit over night. The polished wood floors and French doors made it seem less like and institution. The staff at the heart unit was incredible.
A young nurse, Melissa; an RN, Elizabeth; and two nurse practitioners named Teresa and Tamera, really stand out in my mind. They were professional and knowledgeable while being patient, friendly and compassionate.
The people that performed the sonogram on my heart and the heart catheter procedure worked together like a well-oiled machine. They immediately instilled confidence and were also kind and patient.
There were others who attended me who were every bit as memorable, but I didn't know their names. I hope you can thank and congratulate everyone on the roster in those departments. They should know their efforts were appreciated.
Acute Rehab: The care I received was outstanding! I want to commend you for putting together a remarkable cadre of talented, caring people.
I spent most of my time on the fourth floor, first preparing for and then engaging in acute rehab. I had first thought not to mention any specific names for fear of omitting someone who might have done me a kindness but whose name I failed to note. In considering it further, I have decided that two individuals deserve special recognition.
One is my physical therapist, Steve. He was great. He guided my recovery with expertise and good humor. He was a perfect "fit" for me and I am certain his efforts allowed me to be discharged a day early.
The other is acute rehab night tech, Susan. Nights were particularly difficult for me, but if Susan was on duty I knew all would go smoothly. She was totally attentive, doing little things to make me feel better, always graciously and with a smile. She is a credit to herself, her profession and your institution.
Emergency Department: My mom slipped and fell at a restaurant and was brought to St. Anthony's Emergency Department for examination. St. Anthony's gave excellent care to my mom. All the ER staff was wonderful! The admitting clerk, Shannon, was so kind and made sure my mom was taken back to an exam room right away. Our entire family uses St. Anthony's and we've never been disappointed, but this time was even better than normal.
Cardiac Cath Lab: I was surprised and pleased with the bright and clean room I had directly across from the nurses' station. The nurses assigned to me were vey professional. The courtesy and concern for my comfort and wellbeing was truly refreshing. One nurse, Lisa, really stood out. She seemed to go out of her way to make sure my wife and I were informed of necessary restrictions, care after going home, and what to do in and emergency bleeding situation. In talking to us, she realized that I am naturally nervous and like to keep busy most of the time. She constructed a simple brace to keep me from inadvertently using my wrist while the wound heals. The techs in the Cath lab also performed their duties in a professional manner. In summary, you have great staff in your lab.
It was not necessary for you to put a full-page article in the Post-Dispatch about the intentions of St. Anthony's Medical Center.
Our family has experienced it already! Our son was examined at St. Anthony's and a brain tumor was found. A few days later, he was operated on and the tumor was removed. His doctors visited with him and assured him that his future looks healthy!
My wife and I were present during this procedure, treated well and kept informed â€“ we even visited with some of the doctors.
We are impressed and will spread the word.
My fiance' was admitted to your ambulatory surgery unit and ultimately stayed overnight at your facility.
During that time, I had the pleasure of observing your staff performing their duties and was most impressed with the professionalism, skill and compassion they extended to us and others using your facility at a most stressful time in our lives.
Your staff went above and beyond to insure we felt that we were in capable, caring hands and did their best to soothe our anxieties and the nervousness that goes along with "hospitalitis."
From the moment we entered your doors we were greeted with a friendly, courteous smile from Amy, a caring and competent ambulatory surgical nurse; Debbie, who answered all of our questions with knowledgeable patient friendly answers; and a highly skilled and proficient IV nurse, Pam.
The OR team was excellent as they explained in detail all that would be happening during the transfer from the holding room to the OR suite.
After the procedure, the recovery room nurses truly went above and beyond to comfort my fiance' during a difficult transfer.
The fifth floor nursing teams assigned to my fiance' were FABULOUS! I can say they all are patient oriented and wanting to provide the best care for those patients placed in their care. The skill level they displayed was beyond reproach and I would like to commend each and every one of them on a job well done. Sue, Donna, Missy, Nikki and Ashley - each and every one of them went out of their way to see that he was properly assessed, cared for and comforted. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. These nurses made me proud of the nursing profession to which I am also a member.
I have been the Director of Nursing at facilities as large as 300 beds with as many as 250 staff, thus, when I say you have exceptional nurses, please note that I do know what to look for and how to assess the care, attitude and professionalism exhibited by staff. Your staff was excellent and I would encourage you to nurture your younger, less experienced nurses and encourage them to continue their nursing education while retaining them at your facility; they are rising stars. I would also encourage you at the same time to acknowledge your more mature, long-term experienced nurses through peer recognition.
The Respiratory therapists also performed with competence and explained all procedures to my fiance' during their visits with him as he required oxygen usage.
I would be remiss if I did not mention your housekeeping and maintenance staff. The hospital was clean, odorless and dust free. The walls, windows and doorways were dent and chip and hazard free. The tile floors were shining, the shower stalls were clean and the supply closet in the room was well stocked. The housekeeping staff also portrayed a warm and welcoming demeanor as they did their tasks with the highest regard for patient privacy and comfort.
My fiance' and I felt that we needed to take the time to say thank you and to insure that you are aware of the wonderful staff you have and to assure you that we will not hesitate to recommend St. Anthony's Medical Center to any one of our friends and associates.
Thank you for a job well done.
I was totally impressed with your hospital and staff. I have been coming to St. Anthony's for my family and friend things for over 30 years, too many to bore you with. But this time it was ME! The nurses, anesthesia physician, recovery staff and floor personnel were amazing. I never waited for anything and they obviously shared information because I never thought anyone was behind the curve! The housing staff, nurse assistants, nurses and phlebotomist staff all worked together as a unit which provided care and service far beyond what would have been acceptable. I would put a good word in for any of these many fine people at any time based on my experience.
St. Anthony's will always be number one in our book. When I was in the hospital, the staff was outstanding, the nurses and assistants took great care of me. St. Anthony's has always been my first choice for health care - all of my family's doctors are at St. Anthony's.
I want to give a big shout out to the awesome group that work in the radiation/oncology department! They made my time going through radiation treatments so much easier! They are a VERY caring group of individuals!
I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude for the service you and your highly qualified team performed on me. The experience was wonderful. As a patient for two days, I marveled at the complexities of managing a small city. The activities a patient sees and those that are not visible. The immense physical plant, the myriad sophisticated medical equipment, the laundry, the disposable items, not to mention the food service and probably the most important - human resources selection, training and commitment.
Every St. Anthony's employee has selected a profession that requires exceptional education, commitment and an in-depth understanding of the physiology and psychology of human beings. But above all, everyone possesses a deeply held passion for your fellow man. In this, as a patient in your care, I can say that you have exceeded any and all expectations.
I was recently a patient at St. Anthony's. When I arrived, I knew I was at the right place. EVERYONE at St. Anthony's was so friendly and knowledgeable. They made me feel like they cared and I was a part of the family there, and valued as a person, not just another patient. Whenever I left my room to have a test done or to go for a walk, I noticed that the sign of a great hospital is when you see EVERYONE smiling - from the person cleaning the rooms to the doctors that took care of me. I was always treated with compassion. I would not hesitate to come back to St. Anthony's and its wonderful staff whenever I need it and I would highly recommend this hospital to any of my family and friends and know that they would be in excellent, caring, capable hands. A special shout-out to the crew on 5 West, you guys are tops!
My nurse was excellent. He always took the time to provide us with clear descriptions of what was going on and to answer our numerous questions. This information provided my family and me with a great deal of comfort and relief, as we are far better coping with a known situation - even an unpleasant one - rather than speculating on the unknown. My nurse also performed all of his nursing tasks with extreme competence - he's extremely devoted to his patients. For that matter, all of the nursing staff I encountered appeared to be extremely competent, hard working and devoted to the care of their patients. I believe they should all be commended.
SAMC is such a lovely hospital! You must only hire nice people because everyone is so nice!
My relative was well cared for by all the staff and I could see that many of them had such caring hearts.
Words cannot express how these professionals took care of our family. We are extremely grateful.
I wanted you to know how wonderful my care was at St. Anthony's. They all did a great job, but one nurse on the night shift really stands out - "Melissa." She was very kind and patient and so helpful in my recovery. I can't thank her or you enough for having her on your staff. Thanks again.
To all the nurses, doctors and staff in the emergency room, surgery and heart intensive care unit and acute rehab: I want to thank all of you for the wonderful job you all did. You were so kind and caring to someone you didn't know. I know it is your job, but you all treated my relative like family. I will from now on be a great advocate of St. Anthony's and express to everyone I meet what a wonderful hospital it is. Everyone at St. Anthony's - that I have come into contact with - has been angels and true saints. I can't thank you enough for what you have done. You all are truly a blessing and will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. Again, thank you so much and bless you all.
I want to thank the nurses that made my care at St. Anthony's more comfortable. I really appreciate all that they did for me.
Thank you so very much. I applaud your organization and have referred and recommended your facility to anyone in need of specialized care for their loved ones. Your entire staff, doctors and all involved have my greatest admiration.
All the nurses and nurse assistants were very caring, friendly and compassionate. I don't remember all their names but all of them on every shift were to be commended. I wish they could all receive Service from the Heart awards. Thanks to all.
I was treated with complete respect and friendliness. The OR staff put me at complete ease as they explained the process. PT and OT were extremely helpful and patient. I can't give enough praise to those who helped me on a daily basis in my room. Even one of the cleaning staff made my stay easier as she introduced herself and went along with a happy, friendly attitude. Everyone did exactly what they said they would do and in a timely manner. Never did I get a frown or unhappy glance when I asked for toilet help or any other help that doesn't seem too pleasant. They were the heroes to me as they tried to treat me as though I were their only patient. My stress level was greatly reduced and I'm sure their attitude directly affected my positive recovery. Excellent job to everyone!
This letter is to share a word of gratitude that was done on me, and to share the appreciation and commendation for the nursing staff that tended to my care during my recovery. The team of people assigned to me provided compassionate and thoughtful care, they were helpful and courteous each time they came in either as a response to my call or because of the need to update vitals. The total experience from check in to check out was excellent. Thank you for the great staff you have assembled, although I hope that I do not have need of your services, should the need arise, I can't think of any place I would rather be for such care.
I just wanted to say that the nurses, techs and doctors were terrific. Prompt, attentive care and a great attitude ... my thanks to them and their service.
I wanted to take the time to say what a pleasure it was to have Donna, the Pastoral Care worker, alongside my family as my grandmother peacefully passed away. She prayed with us many many times. Donna's kind words and spirituality made the whole process easier to handle. I know that is her duty at the hospital, but it really meant more than words can describe to my family and me. We should all strive to be such an inspiration in our daily lives. Also the nurses and staff on the 8th floor were remarkable as well. They brought us as many chairs as they could and got my family members coffee and soda. All of these acts show what a truly caring group is working at St. Anthony's hospital. Thanks again.
I understood the explanations of the doctors - they did not use terms that were unfamiliar to me. From the ER, X-Ray, Cath Lab staff and all the nurses and techs, everyone made me feel comfortable even though I was in an unfamiliar place. Housekeeping came in to clean and was very quiet and didn't disturb me. This was an unbelievable experience and I would like to thank you all for taking such good care of me.
I want to thank you for the fantastic treatment that I received during my stay. How a nurse that just worked a 12-hour shift can still be smiling is beyond me. But they did. I canâ€™t tell you how well everyone treated me.
I would like to let you know that I had a very positive experience as a patient. I was very impressed with the process from scheduling to the surgical team to the nurses/staff on 5100. I was quite anxious, but I was treated well and I received excellent care.
Dr. Ferguson, Dr. Chang, Dr. Morris and the entire staff on the 7th floor are to be commended for the outstanding job they did in taking care of me. I want to thank each and everyone for treating us like royalty during my stay. They all are a great asset to your wonderful hospital. I hope and pray that if I am ever in need of a hospital in the future it will be St. Anthony's.
The care I received was very professional. While there, I was attended to by a student nurse who really impressed me. She was completely focused on my personal care. She was able to relay important information to the nurse on my behalf and dealt with my comfort needs. Overall, I was impressed with the care I received and the personnel that administered it. Thank you.
When I called for a nurse, there was not a long wait for them to show up. Everyone introduced themselves during shift changes, explained what they were there for and did not ask me the same questions over and over because the previous nurse updated them on my status before they changed shifts. They all had smiles on their faces all the time. Not only was the service unbelievable but also your facility was beautiful and clean.
Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful team you have in special procedures! My nurse was great. She explained everything to me. The doctor also answered all of my questions. They all worked together as a team and pitched in and helped when needed.
This will officially be the first time I have ever written a love letter to a staff of people...your staff did nothing but ease me and make me feel incredibly comfortable and welcome. The people in Labor and Delivery made me have absolutely no worries that I was in the best hands. Thank you SO much from the bottom of our hearts, for making our first days with our second child so amazing.
We continue to be amazed at the wonderful care that I received at your hospital. It has the feel of a small town hospital, with everyone being so friendly, courteous and competent. It was a wonderful experience and we are grateful to everyone.
Our experience with the de Greeff Hospice House was phenomenal. My relative was cared for with compassion and competency by the nursing staff. The physicians also rendered exceptional care. They gave realistic viewpoints and expectations depending on what course we chose, and answered all of our questions with heartfelt sincerity.
St Anthony's is very fortunate to have these physicians as a representation of their system. I believe a lot could be learned by other physicians from their approach to end of life issues. Their team approach from each of their perspectives, was supportive, honest, and truly had my relative's best interests at heart. We thank you all for making my relative's departure from this earth one of comfort and celebration.
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