On Monday, June 10th at about 6:00 am, I had the unfortunate need to visit the Salem Medical Center Emergency Room for care and services. While it was unfortunate that I was ill, it was very fortunate that the SMC ER was there to provide me with the services needed. The staff and care given were superior. I would add that the nursing staff provided that care in a pleasant and professional manner. The ER physician was present as needed while moving from room to room, and obviously provided great care. My issues provided me with enough distraction that
I do not remember the names of the wonderful staff members, but not so distracted to not notice the skilled delivery of the services I required. Additionally, the X-ray, MRI, and Ultrasound professionals were efficient but also caring in their delivery of the needed services.
Once I was stabilized, I was moved to the ICU and again a professional and caring crew took over for my 24-hour stay at that location. I did not meet not one unpleasant staff member in my stay. The nursing staff were professional and caring. They offered a ready smile — which may be amongst the most important ingredients in recovery.
This was my first overnight stay in a hospital in 50 years. I have been a lucky person.
I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the experience I had with the new Salem Medical Center and include my thoughts as we move through this transition. I use the term we, as I presently serve as Mayor of the host community of Salem Medical Center. The Mannington Township community values the hospital and has been involved in a year-long process to provide a successful framework for the entire site to survive and prosper. The extraordinary efforts of all stakeholders are necessary for this process to be successful in the long haul. It will not be easy, but my
recent experience at the Salem Medical Center provides concrete example that the needed improvements are
Donald C. Asay
Mayor, Mannington Township