Hillsboro businessman Albert Reimer received treatment at St. John?s Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
Albert Reimer, longtime Hillsboro businessman and civic and church leader, spent some unscheduled time in two Missouri hospitals for an emergency adjustment to his health.
Reimer and wife Vada, together with friends, were enjoying the 41st Annual Brunfley Gospel Sing in Lebanon, Mo., when he became ill. On the second day, the illness caused him to visit the Lebanon Hospital, which was not prepared or equipped to deal with his problem. All they could do was make him ready for an ambulance ride to Springfield.
After a grueling 50-plus mile ride to the St. John?s Hospital in Springfield, doctors there treated him for a heart attack, pneumonia and kidney failure.
After 14 days there, during which time family members were advised to make a last visit to him, he rallied and was released. He is now recuperating with the help of his daughter Marcia, who is a nurse, and the care of Vada in his home in Hillsboro.
?This experience reminded me of the dire need for a well-equipped and staffed medical center in Hillsboro,? Reimer said.
Recalling the difficult ambulance ride, which took much valuable time and energy, he said, ?A local hospital should be able to do more than just stabilize a patient. Not all patients could take the strain and the time of the long ambulance ride.?
Plans for a new medical center in Hillsboro are in place, and Reimer said he is anxious to see construction begin.