Mountaintop Medicine from Estes Park Health: National Patient Recognition Week
Estes Park Health observes National Patient Recognition Week
Each year from Feb. 1-7, the medical community across the country observes National Patient Recognition Week. Initiated in 1995, this week is a time when healthcare professionals recommit to human-centered care.
At Estes Park Health, Senior Director of Hospital Services Karlye Pope emphasized that EPH patients are treated with respect and provided with safe, high-quality care.
“We have the good fortune to not be inundated with more patients than we have staff,” Karlye said. “We can see what you need and partner with and your family or friends to come up with a plan of care that makes sense to you and that you can then follow when you go home. That allows us to give you the care that you deserve to have when you are sick or when you are not feeling well or when you’ve had a surgery.”
83-year-old David Adams is one of the patient who has chosen Estes Park Health as his medical provider for decades. He has lived in Estes Park for more than forty years. He spoke from his hospital bed at EPH where he was recovering from knee replacement surgery.
“I am so pleased and honored to be able to tell others what a wonderful hospital we have here in Estes Park,” commented the former middle school science teacher and summer ranger naturalist in Rocky Mountain National Park. “My experiences here over the years have been absolutely wonderful.”
David went on to comment that at Estes Park Health, he feels like a person and not just a number.
“I’m so pleased I don’t have to go to the valley,” he added. “I’m so impressed with a hospital and clinic of this quality considering Estes Park is a fairly small community. We are so fortunate to have these services here.”
Patient feedback is vitally important so that Estes Park Health can keep improving and providing the services our patients need.
“The last place you want to be is the hospital,” Karlye noted. “Our goal is to help you get better.”