On Aug. 29, I had a serious medical emergency. My husband took me to what we mistakenly thought was Urgent Care in Oakhurst, now Adventist Health Community Care.
It was shock to be coolly told that we needed to go to an urgent care Center in Fresno, and that they ‘‘couldn’t accept my Medicare Program, Humana Gold Plus anyway.’’
We then went to the office of my primary care physician, who wasn’t in that day. We proceeded to Raley’s, hoping the pharmacist there could help me. They regrettably advised me to go to the John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa. By then, it was about 4:30 p.m.
There were many medical emergencies there that day and evening, handled by a caring, dedicated staff. The hospital was full beyond capacity, with patients like me, needed urgent care.
We waited until 11 p.m., when my husband hopefully asked if I could be seen soon.
Near midnight, an extremely tired, but equally competent Dr. J. Rodgers helped me, with positive results. We arrived home at 2 a.m.
We have since learned of two other similar experiences, and therefore, feel the need to write this letter of concern.
Oakhurst and the surrounding mountain communities desperately need Urgent Care services, what with so many of us handling weed whackers, chainsaws, doing challenging outdoor physical work.
Can anything be done to change the Adventist Care to also provide the real and frequent emergency needs of our Mountain Area, and to have them accept all Medicare programs and other coverages?
As it stands, Adventist Health ‘‘Community Care’’ is not meeting these important needs.
Barbara A. Steinke,