To the Editor:
I am writing to you from my hospital bed at Centegra Hospital – McHenry at 5 a.m. After reading all the news about the lawsuit for the new approved Mercy hospital, I want to share with you and your readers my experience of the past four days.
I am a cancer patient, and unfortunately, I was recently put into the hospital. After being admitted, it took me 10 hours to be given a room because there were no beds. Better than in January, when it took me 12 hours to be given a bed in Woodstock. Although much of the staff was very nice in McHenry, it would take up to an hour to get requested medication. I heard the staff talking about the closing of Centegra Hospital – Woodstock (something that was planned from the beginning of when the Huntley hospital proposal was done, which I think is wrong and should be illegal). Is this really the level of care, or lack of care, we want to offer the residents of McHenry County?
Instead of talking about opening or closing hospitals, how about we better manage the hospital beds that are already there? So people do not have to wait 10 hours for a bed or an hour or more for medication requests. Just a thought.