Employees at St. Rita’s Medical Center never want to be on the other side of the care they give, but unfortunately, sometimes it happens.
In 1999, Kylee Newland dropped off her 6-month-old son and headed to St. Rita’s for work. On her drive to work, a semi pulled out in front of her.
“I went to slam on my brakes and I heard my dad — who had just passed away — tell me to take my foot off the brake and hit the tire,” Newland said. So, she did. The front of the car ended up being damaged and Kylee’s knee was smashed against the dashboard.
“When the rescue squad and police arrived, they told me I was very fortunate that I hit the tire or I would have been decapitated.”
The squad took her to the hospital, and she had surgery on her knee. During her two weeks in recovery, Kylee missed her son but the staff on the rehabilitation floor let her visit with him as much as possible and went out of their way to make sure the mother and her son could be together.
When the Fourth of July came and Kylee was still in the hospital, she was upset she could not take her son to see the fireworks for the first time with her family. The staff at St. Rita’s had her son come up to the hospital and took them to an empty room to watch the fireworks together.
“It was just amazing how nice and compassionate the employees were. They did whatever they could to make it easier on me,” she shared.
A terrible situation for any mother was turned into a better experience because of the compassion showed by the employees at St. Rita’s Medical Center and they continue to strive to leave their patients with these lasting impressions every day.
This is part of a monthly series of stories submitted by St. Rita’s Medical Center marking the 100th anniversary of the hospital.