Nobody wants to spend their birthday in the hospital. But that’s exactly where well-known Hellertown resident and Hellertown Lions member Margie George found herself last week.
George, who just turned 72, is a Saucon Manor resident and said she feels fortunate she was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital’s Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township when she became ill at home Wednesday.
Ever since she arrived the staff at the hospital have kept her informed about what they’re doing to help her recover, and the level of care has been amazing, she said during a visit Saturday.
“I’ve known St. Luke’s Hospital all my life,” George said. “The people in this hospital…I just can’t explain it. When I came here these people are loving.”
“You ask any questions you want and they’re going to give you all the information,” she said. “Teamwork is very important and these people have a good team rapport.”
George said she contacted Saucon Source to share her positive patient experience because she thinks many Hellertown residents don’t realize such an excellent medical facility is so close to home.
The Anderson Campus–which is located near Rt. 33 and Freemansburg Avenue, about a 10-minute drive from Saucon Valley–just celebrated its fourth anniversary.
“They are such good people in here and I want people to know that,” she said, adding that news too often fails to credit people and organizations for the good things they do.
Christie Fitzgerald, the charge nurse on George’s floor, said compassionate, team-crafted care is a priority at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus.
“We have great teamwork,” she said. “We bounce ideas off each other and multitask” as part of a holistic approach to individualized patient care.
George is also under the care of Carla Stauffer, RN.
“Everyone (here) is an angel,” said George, who added that she’s been receiving regular visits and phone calls from many Hellertown friends and family members.
She joked that she would “live” at the hospital if she could and became emotional when talking about the care she has received.
“It’s not only helping me, it’s helping the community,” she said of the Anderson Campus.