Terri Siems of Waverly is no stranger to hospitals and doctors. She has many health care issues ranging from kidney disease to congestive heart failure to prediabetes and others. Even though Terri’s doctors aren’t part of Waverly Health Center, she has found that many of the services the hospital offers are helpful in her care.
“When I go to the ED in Waverly, the doctors know me and understand my health issues. They are able to quickly help me feel better and if I need to stay in the hospital, they work to find out if I can stay in Waverly or if I need to be transferred for specialty care,” Terri commented.
In the past, Terri had a blood clot in her bowels which led to an ileostomy (a procedure to bypass the large intestine and colon). An ileostomy can lead to frequent dehydration. “Recently I was in Waverly Health Center for a few days because of being dehydrated. My nurse spoke with the hospitalist to figure out how I could avoid future hospital stays. They worked together and made it possible for me to be able to go to the hospital’s outpatient medical services for IV fluids before I become dehydrated and go into kidney failure.”
Terri added, “I like to go to Waverly Health Center for tests and care when possible. It is so close and they are able to send my labs and other tests to any doctor that needs them. Almost all of the care I need is right at the hospital. If I do need to transfer to UnityPoint – Allen Hospital, they are able to send them my test results so they don’t have to be repeated. Sometimes I can even go straight to a patient room instead of waiting in the ED.
WHC is a big part of Terri’s health care and she loves how friendly people are. “I know many of the people who take care of me. The staff members are very friendly and they often stop to say ‘hi’ when they see me. They are also great about trying to plan my tests so I don’t need to make as many trips to the hospital.”