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Jul. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Thanks for the pleasant service at St. Mary's

To all the fine people at St. Mary's Medical Center, "thanks" for making my stay as pleasant as possible. Procedures can be painful and embarrassing at times. The respect shown to me is deeply appreciated. When individuals inject kindness and caring into their profession, there's no monetary value that can be put on that. Your internal compass pointed the direction to follow and ultimately led you to become a provider of care. That decision was 100 percent correct with a five-star rating.

The excellent doctors and nurses arm themselves for battle every day, to help people and save lives, just as our brave young men and women do in the armed forces.

My respect for both is second to none.

Special thanks to my daughter, Stephanie Justice (a nurse there), Patrick, Stacy, Harold, Joyell, Dreama, Bobby and, last but not least, Charlotte for fixing my "gown in the hall."

And to my dear friend, Dr. Rivas, who really cares. Dr. Rivas, I promise I will take you trout fishing and take pictures.

Joe Ferguson

Dunlow, W.Va.

Thanks to those who cared while in hospital

During my brief stay at Cabell Huntington Hospital, I found a large number of friendly and courteous nurses. When I was released, I never felt better.

Thank you for your quality care.

Robert Garcia


Thanks to many during father's memorial

I recently returned to my home state of West Virginia from Florida, where I have lived 12 years. I was greeted by the beauty of the state at this time of year. The memorial for my father, Kermit Cole, 85, who passed away May 16 in Casa Grande, Ariz., took place on June 22 at Prince of Peace Baptist Church in Westmoreland.

I want to thank Lee Ann Welch, of The Herald-Dispatch Obituary Department, for her kindness. Also, thanks to Paula Clay, Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home. Her professionalism and guidance was so appreciated. The congregation of the Prince of Peace Baptist Church extended a warm welcome. Pastor Phillip Warren, who officiated the memorial beautifully and his wife, Marsha, whose kindness was so appreciated. The singing trio, Berlin and Carol Sue Meredith and Judy Hutchinson, who sang at my mother's funeral in 1999 and got together again to sing again for my father's memorial; it meant so much. Hobart and Judy Hutchinson, who have always been there for me and treat me as one of their own. Last, but far from being least, my dear friends in Florida, Holly Arthur and Nilvia Garcia, who are always my rock.

Barbara Roy

Mulberry, Fla.

Excellent treatment, care by hospital's staff

I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, transports, food servers, meal planners and financial assistance advisors during my recent stay at St. Mary's Medical Center.

I was truly overwhelmed with the team of five doctors who entered my room shortly after being admitted. The sense of urgency portrayed in our discussion of the root problem was remarkable and reassured me of the group's individual and collective knowledge in assessing the testing and treatment required.

The team grew in size when complications arose. However, the "new" team methodically and collectively decided on the order of required tests to quickly amass information for further treatment. Like Swiss clockwork, all required tests were performed with precision and accuracy.

As aggressive treatment was given, other medical situations arose which were given immediate attention by other doctors. The team of doctors worked together to ensure my daily treatment regime was aggressively monitored.

The efforts of every member of the doctoral and nursing staff responsible for my care during almost two weeks in Room 3189 will be written about to the hospital's CEO.

Thanks to you all. I would not be writing this if it were not for your excellent skills.

Roger Goodman


Local facility helped celebrate 90th birthday

As we celebrate our state's 150 years of existence, and the City of Barboursville celebrates its 200th birthday, I would like to add the name of my sister-in-law, Mrs. Etta Mae Parsons, who celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family.

She was born June 21, 1923, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCallister. To begin the celebration, a special party was conducted at our weekly prayer meeting with cake, ice cream, cards and gifts on June 18.

Then, on June 21, the family gathered at the Wild Horse Cafe in Middleport, Ohio -- the halfway distance of where her daughter, Nancy Swartz, lives with her husband, Terry. Attending were her niece, Belinda Knight and her family, Ms. Barbara Swartz, Ms. Anita Clay, Adam McCallister and myself.

A special thanks to the facility for the wonderful food and special service given. Also a "thank you" to each and every one who attended the party. To quote Mae: "This was the very best party of my life." May she have many, many more!

Phyllis W. Tomblin


Memorial Day service attendees appreciated

The Mount Pisgah Committee would like to thank all who attended the dedication service on Memorial Day of a memorial headstone to honor those buried in the cemetery.

The Veterans Services in Ironton provided flags for our veterans' graves, and VFW Post 6878 in Proctorville performed the memorial service. Veterans' names were read, and those who served in the Civil War were identified.

Committee President Anna Belle King presented certificates of appreciation in recognition of outstanding community service to Perry Brock, Tim Newman and Boy Scouts of America Troop 38.

We would like to thank the community service coordinator, Tim Newman, for the excellent job of cleaning the cemetery.

We thank the Apostolic Tabernacle for the use of the church facilities and WMUL, The Herald-Dispatch and Ironton Tribune for media coverage.

Thank you, Pastor Douglas C. Carter, for your prayers and support.

If you would like to learn more about our projects, please contact me at 740-894-5318.

Susanne Howard

Committee member