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July 18, 2017 · OPINION

Fauquier Hospital staff “treats you like family”

The writer has made “multiple Emergency Department visits to Fauquier Hospital” in recent months.
By Allison Ennis

I moved to Fauquier County in 2016 from New Jersey to help my aging mother. This was a huge transition for me; I felt very alone in this new environment. I became ill last December and, within the last three months, my illness has progressed rapidly.

From the onset of my illness, I have been under the treatment of Dr. Paul Arnold, gastroenterologist and Melissa Nemith, NP, of Gastroenterology Associates in Warrenton. Dr. Arnold and Ms. Nemith have been so important to me. They have treated me like a family member. Dr. Arnold has never given up on me.

When Dr. Arnold told me that he felt I needed to transfer to a more specialized GI physician for treatment, I asked him if I could still call him. Dr. Arnold told me I could always call him. That meant so much to me. I have always been an athlete, like my brother David. They have been like my football team since I got sick. They’re my team.

Within the last few months, I have had multiple Emergency Department visits to Fauquier Hospital. The entire staff has been so wonderful; they too treat me like family. Jacey Crider, RN, and Ina Bowman, RN, director of ED, have been especially comforting. At first I thought Ms. Bowman must be a volunteer because she brought me coffee and a blanket. They always take such good care of me and I don’t know what I would do without them.

I have been admitted to Fauquier Hospital multiple times for my illness. The nurses here all must have families and problems of their own, but you would never know it because they work so hard for you. This is the first hospital I’ve ever been to where everyone — the doctors, nurses, food servers and housekeepers — treats you like family.

The entire nursing staff on the second floor is unbelievable. My current “super nurse,” Jane Mayes, RN, tirelessly cares for me.

I don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for Fauquier Hospital and Dr. Arnold. My move from New Jersey has turned out to be a blessing. If I was going to be sick, this was where I needed to be.
You cannot put a price tag on the staff here …. on what they have done for me. I’ll never forget them. They jump to help me, even in the middle of the night. Every single one of them has been awesome.

I also want to make sure that people who helped me outside the hospital – Rick Clark, Cathy Davis, Vicky Bloom and her husband — know how much I appreciate all the help and support they provided during my illness.

I want to see this published because, I want to give back everything they have done for me.
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