Monday, December 20, 2010

Compassionate Care at Fauquier Hospital

Fauquier County is a unique and wonderful place. I was reminded of that again this morning as I pulled into the local landfill to drop off my trash -- as I have done about twice a week for the last 16 years.

Over that time, I have become used to the cheery smile and wave I always get when pulling through the checkstop and the small talk with the workers there as I drop off my bags. This morning, though, one of the nice gentlemen who is always stationed nearby gave me a hug. Just an "Oh gee, it's good to see you" hug. An overabundance of holiday spirit, perhaps? Could be. But his simple geture was genuine. It took me out of my busy day for a moment and made me smile.

One of the comments I hear most often when I talk to patients who have been at Fauquier Hospital is how very kind and considerate the staff was to them. They are amazed that a nurse gave them a hug or a doctor looked them in the eye and patted them on the shoulder. They tell me it's just the comforting gesture they needed at the time. And they insist that it made a big difference to them.

It's human nature to need that connection with another person, particularly when we are worried, under stress or feeling vulnerable. The wonderful clinicians at Fauquier Hospital understand this and take the time to provide kind, compassionate care. It's just one reason that Fauquier Hospital is a unique and wonderful place.

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