Many of you know that I’ve been dealing with my sister’s health issues during the last few weeks. There has been a lot going on and we have made two trips to the emergency room at Helena Regional Medical Center in the last month.

I know that there are many in our community who would rather go somewhere else for medical care, but I’m here to tell you that I was extremely impressed with the care we received. The staff was efficient, professional and caring. And that includes everyone in the ER (admissions, nurses and doctors), the nurses on the floor and the surgical team.

From time to time I hear rumors about the hospital closing. Thankfully, those have only been rumors. I’d hate to think of Helena-West Helena without HRMC.

Having a hospital in the community is an important factor in economic development. Just ask John Edwards with the port authority or Chris Richey at the chamber of commerce. Plants and businesses who are looking for places to locate will consider healthcare along with education, available work force, and other factors.

We are fortunate to have HRMC and need to do everything we can to sustain it. The closing of the hospital would be devastating to the loss of healthcare, but also to those losing their jobs. Chances are we all have friends or relatives who work at HRMC.

While some will always chose to go somewhere else, I have no qualms about staying right here. I believe the staff knows when someone needs to go to another facility for the proper care. Jan and I have no complaints about the quality of care she received during these recent visits. It makes me so proud of the team at HRMC!