As a nurse, I recognize quality and compassionate care. I must say I have been an RN since 2001 and worked as both a CNA and LPN prior to becoming an RN. I now teach health science to high school students pursuing a pathway in careers in the medical field.
When I received the call that my dad had 7+ blockages and would require to be transferred to Centennial from the small local hospital in Kentucky, my heart was crushed. What we experienced as a family while he underwent surgery was amazing. Each and every medical professional treating him and our family with expertise and such kindness. One nurse stands out the most- although I wish I could nominate them all. This nurse is Kathy Allen.
Kathy met my elderly dad and mom pre-operatively. Her smile absolutely lit up that perioperative holding room. She spoke so confidently and was so reassuring to my mom and dad. Instantly we felt assured that he was in the best hands. Throughout our stay at Centennial, Kathy visited each and every day after finishing her long shift in surgery. She visited every day in the cardiac ICU until he was finally discharged one week later to rehab.
As an RN myself, I know that the days are long and as soon as your work is done you long to go home and rest. But Kathy came every day. She encouraged dad and my family. She went above and beyond. My dad is doing better each and every day following his CBG x5. We are blessed that my dad was sent to be cared for by Dr. S and all of the amazing nurses and staff at Tristar Centennial. I watched not as an RN, but as a family member of the one I love received the most amazing care throughout his stay. Thank you, Kathy Allen, and each and every person involved in his care. He received 5-star treatment.