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April 15, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 15, 2013

Fast response

TO THE EDITOR: Cheers to the City of Plattsburgh Fire Department for their quick response time with the fire in our apartment building on March 17.

Thanks to their quick response, most of our stuff was untouched by the fire. We would like to thank the City Police as well, for notifying us about the fire and for their helpfulness. Also, we would like to thank the person who made the 911 call about the fire.

While it was an unfortunate event, without the responses and help of the Fire Department, the City Police and the person who called 911, it could of been much worse.

MINDY LaFOUNTAIN

NORM McCRAY

Plattsburgh

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Salute to nurses

TO THE EDITOR: National Nurses week is May 6 to 12. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the nurses that work with Hospice of the North Country for the excellent care that they provide for our patients.

Hospice care goes far beyond medical care and includes many other services that address social, spiritual and practical needs. However, the medical component is also an important part of what we do, and our skilled-nursing staff, which consists of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, play a key role in delivering that medical component to those we serve.

These nurses act as the eyes and ears for the doctors, as most of our patients no longer leave their homes for medical appointments, tests or treatments. By having a specialized nursing staff to report changes and needs to the physicians, adjustments to each patient’s individualized plan of care can be made and implemented while allowing those we serve to remain in the comfort of their own homes. This adds significant levels of quality of life, dignity and comfort to otherwise terrible situations that are faced at the end of life.

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