Caring for a Father – and an Entire Family

Caring for a Father – and an Entire Family

“I am so grateful for our community hospital and the members of our community who responded to my father’s medical emergency,” says Nanette, who worked as an X-ray, MRI, and radiotherapy tech at Guthrie Health System for 20 years, and whose husband, Thomas Gergel, MD, is a Radiation Oncologist at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. “If it had not been for the skill of the staff who were able to quickly evaluate and stabilize my father’s condition and get him transferred to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment, the outcome could have been a lot worse.”

Instead, Nanette’s father is feeling better than he has in a long time and is getting stronger every day as he continues to do cardiac rehab at the Troy Guthrie facility. “I can’t say enough about the staff at both hospitals,” she says. “They have all been incredibly skillful and caring.”

Living in Troy most of their lives, the entire family has received care at Guthrie over the years. Nanette’s sister was born at Troy Hospital, and a few years ago her mother ended up in the same emergency room for atrial fibrillation, which is now completely managed. It’s also where they go for primary care.

“Guthrie makes it easy to get a high level of care, with state-of-the-art technology and experts in specialty fields.” she continues. “Using technology to connect the main campus to outlying facilities is making a real difference in people’s lives. Our family is proud to support the health system, and help contribute to many wonderful survival stories like my dad’s.”