from the AINSLIE FAMILY
To the Editor:
The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital has been a special part of our family’s life at least since 1945. Our parents gave birth to seven daughters, four of which were born there; many nieces and nephews were born there. Several family members have been or are employed there. Our own mother and three sisters took their last breaths there.
The purpose of this letter is to send our appreciation of the excellent and loving care given over the past years, and especially the past winter and spring, to our sister Pati (Ainslie) Sloan. She had numerous treatments there until her death in the early morning hours of May 30.
When she was feeling better, she’d bring some of her homemade cookies to her scheduled appointments. The staff appreciated the goodies, but welcomed her kindness, understanding and sense of humor even more. It certainly did not go unnoticed when she was there for her last time that the staff from other departments reciprocated and took the time to drop by to see her.
During Pati’s last 24-48 hours, when her family members were all dealing with her impending death, these same staff people went above and beyond to make our visits easier. They kept Pati’s pain away and everything she needed was supplied immediately. She and/or her family only needed to ask and it was done.
Not only did Pati and her family receive care and respect while Pati was alive, but this continued even after her passing. We were allowed time with her then and were not made to feel rushed away. Every kindness possible was extended, even to Pati’s dear friend who stayed with Pati during her last night.
Please pass along to the entire hospital staff the appreciation of all of Pati’s family, for all of her wonderful care as it has helped to make her passing a bit easier on us. Thank you.
Donna (Ainslie) Neylon
Edie (Ainslie) Jennings,
Carla (Ainslie) Couse
Darcey (Ainslie) Schillings
Aaron, Andy, Adam Sloan