Quality health care


To the Editor:

Our father/husband/grandfather was transferred to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in late August for what would turn out to be two hospitalizations. He had been a patient at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for three weeks, and we were not sure what we would find at the tiny Island hospital.

What we found was a beautiful, well-kept facility staffed by a wonderful team of health care professionals. The nursing staff, from the round-the-clock registered nurses to the delightful summer nursing students/aides, was timely, respectful, skilled, and compassionate. The therapy staff, who spent hours with our family member, was demanding yet caring, as they pushed and prodded to help the recovery process.

The food and nutrition staff at MVH was truly over and above as they served beautifully presented, tasteful, and hot meals to our rather picky family member. In addition, they graciously had meals ready and available to other members of our family who were regularly present at mealtimes.

Lastly, the police and ambulance staff at both the Oak Bluffs and Tisbury EMS services need a commendation as well, as they were caring, professional, and respectful in transporting our family member in need.

Whether you are a visitor or a resident of this beautiful Island, there is, in the Wilbur family’s opinion, an additional reason to be grateful, and that is for the quality of health care we have on this glorious Island in the sea.

For the family of John M. Wilbur Jr.

Cindy Wilbur Thomas

Grand Junction, Colorado