Clearly, the availability of excellent health care is a key decision factor when considering relocation. This was no different when we first considered the Pinehurst area as a possible new home for the two of us and Del's mother, who lives with us. We read and heard a lot about the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and its status as one of the leading hospitals in the state. When we first visited the area, we drove through what has become a sprawling campus of Moore Regional facilities and specialty clinics like Pinehurst Medical Clinic, Pinehurst Surgical and Pinehurst Cardiology. The care that is received here and the technology and resources made available to patients is unmatched anywhere in North Carolina, and in many cases the country.
Little did we know that we would unfortunately have an opportunity to experience this world-class care first hand:
- Del's mother has failing eyesight and had previously undergone lens replacements in both eyes. Just before leaving California the lens in one eye slipped, leaving her with double and blurred vision. Specialists in California advised us that while repair was possible, it was a dangerous procedure because of her advanced glaucoma. After reading about Carolina Eye Associates, we decided to wait until we had relocated. The specialists at the clinic confidently took on this delicate procedure and completely restored her vision to where it was prior to the slippage. The quality of the care at the eye clinic was so good that it surprised us.
- While working with the horses at the barn, Del experienced a sudden and rapid increase in her heart rate. Medics from the local FoxFire fire station rushed her to Moore Regional. During the ambulance ride her heart rate at one time exceeded 200 beats per minute. I followed and witnessed first-hand the emergency personnel in full action. Fortunately, the diagnosis was positive and she was at home the same day with no ongoing problems to be concerned with. The professionalism and thoroughness of the emergency room staff was simply amazing. Hopefully we won't be back any time soon, but it is comforting to know that this type of treatment is just down the road.
- A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with a full tear of the rotator cuff in my right shoulder. Last week I had surgery to repair it at Pinehurst Surgical, a multi-specialty clinic comprised of eight specialty centers located in a state-of-the art facility. Dr. Ward Oakley did the surgery. I have unfortunately experienced other major surgeries at highly rated facilities in Southern California and in Houston, TX. I am happy to report that Pinehurst Surgical, in little Pinehurst NC, is more than comparable to anything that I have experienced. Throughout all of the treatment and pre-op prep work, I felt as if I was the only person being treated that day -- and the clinic was really busy! I left with the feeling that every person that worked with me truly cared about my well being.
It is perhaps unfortunate that we had to deal with all of this in our first few months of living in the Pinehurst area, but it sure makes us feel even better about our decision to make Grande Pinesour home! The doctors, nurses and administrators across all of the facilities and practices in the Pinehurst area are all very special people. It is a blessing that a relatively small population can have immediate and easy access to world-class care.
Posted by Darroll Buytenhuys