Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cindy Lewis Breathes Easy After a Visit to the CH-F Emergency Room

Being short of breath with a paling complexion were the first signs that something was not right for Cindy Lewis. When these symptoms turned into a struggle to breathe, it was time to seek help. She arrived at the Community Hospital-Fairfax (CH-F) Emergency Room that October afternoon struggling for every breath.


On duty that afternoon was Nurse Practitioner Melissa Masonbrink and registered nurse Bryan Krutz. The team quickly assessed Cindy's condition and began to examine what could be causing the dangerous symptoms. After giving Cindy blood and running a number of tests, it was determined that Cindy had bleeding ulcers and needed a procedure offered at The Nebraska Medical Center. Cindy was quickly transported north to receive the care she needed.

Not long after her recovery from the bleeding ulcers, Cindy found herself struggling to breathe once again. Without hesitation, she arrived at the CH-F Emergency Room where she was diagnosed with blood clots in her lungs within one hour of arrival. Soon, she was once again on her way to breathing easy.


Cindy Lewis is a believer in the CH-F Emergency Room, "I feel like they are going to figure out what is wrong with me very quickly. They are always friendly, attentive and efficient. When they order a test, it is done and the results are relayed to the patient quickly. When the diagnosis is made, they waste no time starting treatment or, if necessary, getting you to the right place to get the help you need."

Samantha Grist, RN, Med/Surg and ER Nurse Manager, is proud of the response time at the CH-F Emergency Room, "In many larger hospitals, patients wait hours to get help. In most cases, we are able to connect our patients with a provider very quickly. In a stressful situation, the last thing any patient wants is a wait."

Cindy wants to remind the community about the CH-F Emergency Room. She commented, "I lived in Kansas City for 28 years, so I know what it's like to wait for several hours in the E.R. when you're not feeling well.  The zero wait time here is a luxury that I very much appreciate."


The CH-F Emergency Room is staffed 24 hours a day with Family Nurse Practitioners or Physicians. Staffing the Emergency Room are specially trained individuals in emergency care. CH-F is also a stroke ready facility.

For more questions about the CH-F or the services offered, please call (660) 686-2211.