Addison Gilbert Hospital Log

September 19, 2015: The Harvest Moon Festival &mdash a Benefit for Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund

November 28, 2013: Giving Thanks for Addison Gilbert

June 19, 2013: The Lighthouse

January 27, 2012: Faith in AGH and in the City's Fire Department (Letter to the Editor, Gloucester Daily Times)

Three weeks ago, I was rushed to Addison Gilbert Hospital with pneumonia complicated by my asthma.

The response by Fire Rescue's emergency medical technicians and paramedics was swift, competent and professional. I was prepped and on my way in minutes. Everyone knew their job and did it calmly and diligently.

There is an added feeling of well-being, and calming influence that comes from knowing virtually all the rescue teams, having gone to school with a few, and with the fathers of most of the rest. No price tag can be put on this feeling. I will always support keeping our ambulance service in the Fire Department.

When I got to the Emergency Room, I was given immediate treatment which gave some relief, and when stable, was sent to the Intensive Care Unit for two days and four more in Steele 1.

From the moment I arrived at AGH, I was treated by totally competent, caring and pleasant staff (I wanted to name them here, but feared omitting someone).
From the cleaning crew, which kept the room spotless, the food service people who fed me four-star meals, to the medical professionals, including inhalation therapists, technical aides, doctors, and, of course, the nurses who made sure I did what was ordered, each and every one of them made my stay as pleasant as possible under the circumstances.

Where we get such people I don't know, but I know we must never lose them.

Addison Gilbert is part of Gloucester, and part of Cape Ann, vital to all of us. Please support all efforts to keep them here.

Thank you to everyone at the Gloucester Fire Department and Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Poplar Street, Gloucester
The writer is an at-large member of the Gloucester City Council.

January 8, 2012: Lahey Deal Needs to be Contigent on "Guarantee" (Letter to the Editor, Gloucester Daily Times)

This is a copy of a letter I have sent to members of the board for the state Department of Public Health's Determination of Need.

I am writing on the proposed merger of Northeast Health Systems and Lahey Health Systems, Inc. transferring the ownership of Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester.

As I believe that the transfer perhaps may be beneficial to the residents of Cape Ann, I ask that the proposed transfer be contingent upon a binding guarantee that Addison Gilbert Hospital maintain the eight essential services as defined in the definition of Emergency Services in 105 CMR 130.020 and remain a community hospital under the new Lahey Health System.

I am asking for a binding guarantee to maintain the safety and well-being of Cape Ann's residents.

Addition Gilbert Hospital was founded in 1889 and is now 123 years old. It's a 58-bed medical/surgical acute care community hospital serving a population on Cape Ann including the city of Gloucester and the towns of Rockport, Manchester and Essex with a combined population of over 50,000 people and a large percentage of seniors. On an annual basis, there are over 14,000 visits made to Addison Gilbert's Emergency room.

The existence of the Addison Gilbert is imperative for several reasons.
  • Gloucester is unique in that it is an island connected by two bridges, and on occasion, both are not always available to travel.
  • Secondly, in an emergency, time is of essence. Traveling to the nearest facilities in Beverly, Salem or Danvers may be a matter of life and death.
  • Thirdly, the transporting of individuals will place an undue financial burden on the local communities providing ambulance services by the Fire Department's paramedic service.
  • Fourthly, Addison Gilbert is one of the largest employers on Cape Ann providing much needed jobs in today's economy.
  • Lastly, Addison Gilbert is the only source of primary care, cancer care and emergency care in the area.
I know firsthand as general manager of Cape Ann Transportation Authority that thousands of rides annually are provided to the elderly and disabled to get medical treatment at Addison Gilbert Hospital. I feel it's a fair statement to make that, if Addison Gilbert Hospital did not exist, under today's economic condition, many of these people would be left without transportation to destinations unknown.

In addition, it is important to note that Addition Gilbert Hospital is listed in the "Top 100 Hospitals" by Thomson and on a consistent basis ranks high in patient satisfaction surveys conducted by Press Ganey Associates.

In summary, I beseech you to condition the transfer on keeping Addition Gilbert Hospital a local community hospital that has survived and weathered the storms all these years due to the financial, moral and physical support of its citizens.

The people of Cape Ann in 1994 thought that merging Addison Gilbert Hospital with Beverly Hospital creating Northeast Health System to become bigger and stronger offering more services only turned out to be a grave mistake for Cape Ann residents. Addison Gilbert Hospital brought to the table a $36 million endowment, real estate (several homes) in addition to the hospital grounds and an art collection worth millions of dollars — all to be taken away along with the reduction of beds and many services once offered at the hospital.

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Please make the merger contingent upon forever maintaining the emergency services as defined to providing immediate medical care in order to prevent loss of life or aggravation of physiological or psychological illness or injury for the residents of Cape Ann.

Blake Court, Gloucester

September 23, 2011 - It Takes a Community to Support a Hospital —
All Hands on Deck!

News report from Bruno, NE
In 1981, Herman Ostry and his wife, Donna, bought a farm a half mile outside ofBruno , Nebraska , a small community sixty miles west of Omaha . The property had a creek and came with a barn built in the 1920's. The barn floor was always wet and muddy.  When the creek flooded in 1988, the barn ended up with 29 inches of water covering the floor. That was the last straw. Ostry needed to move it to higher ground.

He contacted a building moving company and was discouraged by the bid. One night around the table, Ostry commented that if they had enough people they could pick the barn up and move it to higher ground. Everyone laughed. A few days later, Ostry's son Mike showed his father some calculations. He had counted the individual boards and timbers in the barn and estimated that the barn weighed approximately 16,640 pounds. He also estimated that a steel grid needed to move the barn would add another 3,150 pounds, bringing the total weight to just under 10 tons. He figured it would take around 350 people with each person lifting 56
lbs. to move the barn.

The town of Bruno , Nebraska was planning its centennial celebration in late July of 1988. Herman and Mike presented their barn moving idea to the committee. The committee decided to make it part of their celebration. So, on July 30, 1988, shortly before 11 a.m., a quick test lift was successfully made. Then, as local television cameras and 4,000 people from eleven states watched, 350 people moved the barn 115 feet south and 6 feet higher up a gentle slope and set it on its ne w foundation.
The reason most people think that something cannot be done is because they know that they can't do it by themselves. But impossible things can be done if we join together in the task. Working together, we can not only move barns, but change the world.


September 2, 2011

This video was produced by Partners for Addison Gilbert Hospital.

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