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On Wednesday, Oct. 30, I was admitted to HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley with a gastrointestinal hemorrhage due to severe diverticulosis. It was a very frightening experience and I couldn’t have gotten through it without the great care and attention I was given by the entire staff.
I was told that in about 90 percent of the cases the bleeding stops by itself. Unfortunately, in my case it did not. My doctors at Bergen Gastroenterology, led by Dr. Mitul Patel, did everything they possibly could to stop the bleeding without surgery. I was bleeding so severely that they had no other option but to go in and remove half the intestine.
My surgeon, Dr. Joseph DiSaverio, my doctors from Bergen Gastroenterology, and the entire intensive care unit treated me with great care, but also with great respect. Dr. Dan Suffin, Dr. Gerald Lee and Dr. George Lin from the I.C.U. were as compassionate as they were professional. When I woke up after the surgery and Dr. Suffin was there holding my hand, I knew how lucky I was to have such incredibly wonderful doctors taking care of me. Words cannot articulate how grateful I am to all of them. They literally saved my life.
I am so happy to have HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in my community and I truly believe that its very existence will save many other lives. This hospital is indeed a template of how an organization can and should be run in excellence.
All too often we hear about the bad experiences people have had with doctors and hospitals. People living in the Pascack Valley area should know that they now have an extraordinary hospital run by extraordinary people.
Roseann Kearney Westwood