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I would like to publicly recognize the staff of 5100 floor at Decatur Memorial Hospital for the dedicated care I received while I was hospitalized for five months.

To name each person would be quite lengthy, and some were more attentive than others, but collectively the staff was outstanding.

I believe a big part of why I have been able to survive is due to the heartfelt care given to me by this staff. Their kindness and attention to our needs, both emotional and medical, was professional and truly made a difference in my will to fight this disease. Between the back rubs for dry skin, foot rubs, cold rags, ice blankets, baths, and the 30 second visits to say “Hi, how are you doing,” these people became part of my family. They cared not only for me but they respected and cared for my family who never left my side.

Dr. Kairouz and his staff of doctors always gave us both the positive and the negative side of things with great compassion. Dr. Minnaganti and his team became more than doctors, they were advocates for my survival. You might even say angels here on earth.

The dining staff always made sure the one thing I thought I could eat was available.

That experience proved that this group of people were both patient and family centered. That attitude and performance helped me have a will to live.

You don’t have to be brilliant, rich or perfect to make a difference in someone’s life. You just have to care. I know they cared and I am sure they still care today. They all made a difference in my life and I want the world to know how much they are appreciated. You know who you are. Thank you.

Sidney Sites, Decatur

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