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Community delivers exceptional care


Monday, March 25, 2019

Experiencing your first broken bones and surgery at 70-plus years of age is a bit traumatic.

However, living in a community of caring friends and having exceptional medical facilities and professionals makes the journey much easier.

My anxiety and concerns were addressed along the entire path of care, from Dr. Carole Moore at Vidant’s MedDirect, to Drs. Nicole Toney and Travis Potter at the main emergency department, to Orthopedics East, to Vidant’s Surgicenter, with kindness, compassion, professionalism and reassurance by all.

To Dr. Holderman, my anesthesiologist, your kindness and thorough explanation of your procedure relieved my anxiety prior to the surgery. To my surgeon, Dr. Duke, you reassured my faith in surgeons the minute you came into the prep room, with a simple touch on my arm and a confidence that spoke for itself. To Cody Sawyer, Dr. Duke’s physician assistant, and the entire staff at Orthopedics East, you have made the healing experience a lot easier than I anticipated.

In addition to the superior health care, I had outpouring support from friends who stayed with me until my wife arrived from the west coast, provided meals, equipment and books. Through the community mission program at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, a handicap ramp was installed by the Shepherd’s Helpers. All of these expressions of love and concern are greatly appreciated.

I am fortunate to live in such a caring community.

Mike O’Bryant

Greenville, NC


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