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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
March 5, 2024

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Letter: Need for more hospitals


On Dec. 10, I was taken to the PeaceHealth emergency room by ambulance. From fire department, ambulance crew, the nurses, doctors and CNAs: everyone there gave me the best of care under the circumstances.

It was one of the weekends that they were overwhelmed with COVID, flu and respiratory cases. They were out of beds.

I got there at about 11 a.m. and was taken downstairs to a room (probably the first ever built there). No windows, nothing but a bed and a computer, no restroom. They said as soon as a room opens upstairs, they would move me. Seven hours later, they asked if I was hungry, and brought a dried turkey sandwich and a small bottle of warm water. I got moved upstairs at 8 a.m., 21 hours after I arrived, still in my street clothes.

Still no food till noon. My real complaint is, when are they going to build some more hospitals in Vancouver? They need one in east county and one in north county. If they continue to build hundreds of apartments and houses, where are these people going to go when they are sick? It takes five years or more to get the land and build the hospital. They better start now!

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