Darin’s Story

My name is Darin Ehrenberg and wish to share my experience with Ortonville Area Health Services as an emergency patient following a farm accident. When I arrived by ambulance to the Emergency Room, the response of staff was quick and organized. They knew what to do and prepared me for my flight to a larger trauma center. The staff kept my wife, Kristi, informed of what was going on from ER admission through transfer. Following a long hospitalization in another facility, I was transferred back to Ortonville for recovery. I was able to return to OAHS as a swing bed patient to allow me to finish my therapy and recovery closer to home and family. I was thankful for the wonderful new hospital rooms. Dr. Al Ross was great. He always had time to answer any questions we had and made sure we understood my plan of care. The nurses were the best. Always friendly and helpful, no matter what kind of day they were having. They made me feel very comfortable.

The most valuable aspect of my experience was that I got healthy again! The nurses and Dr. Al were always encouraging and were confident about my recovery. Having a new hospital didn’t hurt either. It really is a very nice facility now, but I would say the hospital staff from Doctors, to Nurses, to Therapists were the most critical aspect in my successful recovery. Our family donated to the OAHS fundraising campaign, but I never imagined that I would put the new facility to use in such a personal way. I would absolutely recommend Ortonville Area Health services to anyone in the region in need of medical care. My family and I feel very fortunate to have had such a wonderful medical team and great facilities to allow for my full recovery.

Did I thank the nurses enough? Ha, ha! They honestly cared about every patient there, almost like family.

 

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