Community Members Discuss GMH


Jan. 26, 2016 - Chickasha, Okla. - Over the course of the past few weeks, readers have learned about the reasons why Grady Memorial Hospital needs to build a new surgical area to remain open, why this is such a big deal, as well as the economic impact on the community if the hospital were to close. Now readers will see what their neighbors have to say about this hot topic.

Susan Reed shared her amazing story of how surgeons Dr. John Presley and Dr. Amish Patel used their surgical skills and compassion to make all the difference. "Dr. Presley and Dr. Patel mean a lot to me and my family. When I first found out that I had multiple nodules on my thyroid after receiving an artery screening in 2011, I chose to seek the advice of Dr. Presley. After performing a biopsy on one of the nodules at Five Oaks, it was determined that my thyroid needed to come out that it was in fact cancer. I wanted Dr. Presley to remove my thyroid and Dr. Patel worked alongside him to remove it. A week or so after it was removed, I began seeing an Oncologist. After testing at St. Anthony's in Oklahoma City, my cancer doctor told me that Drs. Presley and Patel had taken out every bit of the cancer. It was first thought that I would need to go through treatments, but after being screened I did not need to do that. I put my faith in Dr. Presley and Dr. Patel at Grady Memorial Hospital. Even though it was a scary time in my life, hearing the "C" word, my doctors assured me that all was now well. I will be forever thankful to them. I have had surgeries in the past at different hospitals before and after my thyroid scare and I would rank GMH right up there with some of the best that I have been to as far as surgery and care. Please vote YES on February 9th."

Shannon Bardsher shared her story of compassionate care provided to her loved one. "In July 2015, my mother-in-law developed changes in her speech. Not slurring of words or inability to speak but she randomly would change words around in her sentences or have to 'think' before she could complete some of her sentences. She also developed a slight limp. She was a very independent woman and initially refused to go to the hospital. She finally admitted she had been hiding her symptoms for over 24 hours and allowed us to take her to Grady Memorial Hospital. The care in the ER was amazing and the physician and staff really listened to her and us, her family. She was admitted to the hospitalist program and Dr. Essex. The next morning she was sitting up eating her breakfast and just raving over the excellent care she received overnight. There is such a sense of security in knowing your family member is receiving excellent care."

Bardsher continued, "Sadly, within 30-40 minutes we noticed her symptoms were worsening. Her speech was becoming slurred and her upper arm was becoming heavy to her. Dr. Essex immediately returned to the room and reassessed her. She wasn't a candidate for any further interventions unfortunately due to chronic health concerns and slowly over the next few days she continued to decline. With each new concern the nursing staff and physicians made adjustments. When her speech was completely lost the nursing staff made yes/no cards so she could point out answers to questions. They quickly developed communications so she could indicate when she needed something. She held out until her other son was able to make it to her bedside and slowly she continued to decline. Sadly, on July 10, before we could take her home, she passed away. It was very peaceful and we were so comforted by the care she received at Grady Memorial Hospital. There was not a way to change the outcome but they made the journey as comforting as possible. We felt very blessed to have her at such a wonderful hospital. We feel blessed to have such a wonderful hospital in our community! We will vote YES on February 9th! Please join us in supporting Grady Memorial and our community by keeping this hospital available to us."

Jessica Price contributes not only the health of her baby, but her own health to Dr. Christine Cooper. "In August of 2010, I went into Dr. Cooper's office for a regular weekly check up on my baby girl when she immediately told me I had proteins in my urine and wanted me to come in that night to start labor. I walked in the doors of Grady Memorial at midnight and started my labor process, but after hours and hours of little progress Dr. Copper came to me and said something just isn't right that she isn't moving down any and she thought we needed to have a C-section. I was wheeled into the operating room and they opened me up to find a huge cyst on my ovary about the size of my hand. I'm so thankful for Dr. Cooper always taking such great care of myself and my precious baby throughout the whole process."

Tracie Harris said, "I love GMH! My husband and I chose to have both of our children there. I got great care and have a special place in my heart for the staff there! Many of my family members, including myself, have had other procedures and surgeries at the hospital. The nurses and other staff have been great in those instances as well! We use Five Oaks Pediatricians and Five Oaks physicians for ourselves. It's priceless to be able to go to a quality physician in town! I hope that the citizens of this County Vote Yes! It would be sad for the many community members who depend on the hospital to have to go elsewhere--not only will we be a great distance from the care we need but once we are there we will just be one of the many names in a big crowd! It would be sad for the dedicated men and women who have spent many years taking such good care of our community to lose their jobs. Please vote yes!"