Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

June 18, 2014

Appreciate the blessings around us

— — So many times we overlook the positive opportunities we have in our community. May I share with you one of those gifts?

I got very sick at the office and could hardly function.  Remembering Clinch Valley Medical Center had a new satellite office on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College, open to the public, I decided a visit was warranted. The staff and Susan Harris, the nurse practitioner, were extremely nice, caring and felt compassion toward my condition. The efficiently of their treatment and understanding of the fact a long holiday was coming up, Mrs. Harris made sure my symptoms were addressed. I made a full recovery and was very thankful the Campus Clinic was available to the public. A gift indeed.

In the course of our conversation, Harris mentioned the Campus Clinic would be closed the next day. She stated that she and several other medical personnel were giving athletic physicals for the students at Richlands. What an awesome gift our medical team provides to our students. Would this happen anywhere else? And the cost savings to the parents — priceless. Then think about catching medical concerns early on — this is a double gift, even life saving. Do you ever think how fortunate we are to live in a community that offers this and so much more?

Too many times we forget to say thank you or show our appreciation for the blessings around us. Where would you be without these community gifts and more? Be thankful we live in a community that has these offerings and show respect for the gift of someone’s time to make a difference in your life. Have you said “thank you” lately?

Ginger H. Branton

Cedar Bluff, Va.

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