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To The Editor:
In our 14 years as summer residents, we have increasingly fallen in love with The Valley: its culture, people and vistas. But as we've aged (we're now 85 and 73, respectively), we've become increasingly concerned about medical care here. What would happen, we worried, if we had a medical emergency?
Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened last Tuesday. Fortunately, we were impressed by the timely, professional treatment from both Mad River Valley Ambulance Service and Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. A technician with emergency equipment including oxygen arrived about 12 minutes after our initial call and an ambulance came about 10 minutes later. The EMS team immediately began an IV drip to prevent dehydration and took vital signs every 15 minutes. They stayed in contact with the hospital's emergency department.
We arrived at the hospital less than an hour after our initial call, where a team headed by Dr. Dan Wilson stabilized the patient, who was released three hours later after a series of tests and sent home with a prescription and some excellent advice.
We're extremely grateful for what we consider absolutely first-class medical treatment.
Martin and Susan Tolchin