On the morning of July 1, my husband, Richard Hosp, had what is usually a fatal heart attack.
The reason I am writing this letter is two-fold: first, to give my heartfelt thanks to those who made it possible for him to survive, and second, to applaud the seamless teamwork that transpired between Westerly Hospital and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital to keep my husband alive and return him back home in amazingly good shape.
At 7:15 I called 911 and the Charlestown Volunteer Ambulance was in our driveway six minutes later. Realizing how serious my husband’s situation was, Charlestown Ambulance called in Westerly EMS who responded immediately and revived my husband. We then went quickly to the Westerly Hospital Emergency Department where my husband was immediately assessed with the recommendation that if he were to be able to survive he should be transported to L+M.
Westerly EMS took us to L+M where we were met by the Cardiac Team. My husband had cardiac catheterization with a stent put in as well as a temporary balloon pump to assist his heart. He spent the next four days in the Cardiac Care Unit where he received remarkable care.
Because it was a complicated case, as my husband had been suffering from pneumonia and other medical issues, the L&M physicians both spoke on the phone with and transmitted copies of x-rays and other tests back to my husband’s Westerly doctors. After two more days in the regular cardiac wing, my husband was able to come home on Sunday, July 6.
It is always dangerous to thank individuals, but because his care and recovery were so remarkable, I’m going to risk doing so, and apologize for anyone I have inadvertently left out.
The Charlestown Ambulance service was wonderful and responded so quickly. Westerly EMS, John Miller and Rachel Jones, were amazing. Drs. Jaccarino and Bourganos in the Westerly Emergency Department were so supportive. Dr. Legare gave me helpful information over the phone.
After a very fast ride to L&M by Westerly EMS, Dr. Haronian performed the necessary surgery. In the Cardiac Care Unit, RNs Kathy, Jenn and Marguerite were incredible. Drs. Somers, Cambi, Ehrlich, Manthous, McCalla and Keltner took extremely good care of my husband, and communicated back to Dr. Legare in Westerly whenever necessary.
I have long been supportive of Westerly Hospital, as a former board member and as a current member of the Westerly Hospital Foundation Board. I know how difficult the receivership and subsequent acquisition of Westerly by L&M have been for the Westerly community. But this very personal traumatic experience has made me more convinced than I was from the start that it was the right thing to do and is in the best interest of our community.