Gratitude at Newport Hospital

Practicing Gratitude at Newport Hospital

The Power of Gratitude

Preston Douglas MDIt’s very important that we purposefully name what we’re grateful for. There’s such a palpable benefit to people’s everyday lives when they have a feeling of gratitude on a regular basis—and the brain science backs it up. You could almost think of it as exercise for the brain. Those pathways can be reworked. For some people, it takes more work, more conscious attention. Our thinking can really change the way we view and perceive, and interact with the world. The more second nature that feeling of gratitude is on a regular basis, the better your overall well-being will be. Just having gratitude for each other and gratitude for what each of us can help the other with, whether it’s hospital and donor or just two friends. If everybody’s feeling gratitude on both sides, it will allow us to really accomplish our mission as a hospital.”

Preston Douglas, MD, Neurologist

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Lois Broke Her Ankle—and It Saved Her Life

Gratitude story - LoisWhen Lois Mass fell at her Middletown home and broke her ankle, she received, at least, a small measure of comfort knowing she would be taken to Newport Hospital to have her injury surgically repaired. “I knew I’d be in good hands,” she says.

When Lois Mass fell at her Middletown home and broke her ankle, she received, at least, a small measure of comfort knowing she would be taken to Newport Hospital to have her injury surgically repaired. “I knew I’d be in good hands,” she says.

But what the retired nurse didn’t expect—but would come to learn firsthand—were the incredible lengths the Newport Hospital team would go to ensure she had a positive outcome… even if what she came in for didn’t turn out to be her biggest concern.

Lois’ orthopedic surgeon noticed that she had a fever, which persisted even after he had taken steps to reduce it. This prompted the doctor to consult with a hospitalist. Among other tests, the hospitalist took a CAT scan of Lois’ abdomen, which revealed three large tumors on her colon. Just days later, Lois underwent a colectomy to remove the tumors. Shortly after that, Lois had ankle surgery and then went to the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center for 10 days of recovery. All told, she spent a month in-patient at Newport Hospital.

“The fact that I received the wide range of expert care I did all in one place is amazing,” Lois says. “The doctors, the nurses, the support staff… I can’t thank them enough.” “The way I see it, the hospital staff could have done my ankle surgery and sent me home, but we probably would never have known about the cancer. I’m so grateful they went the extra mile. They saved my life.”

For more information or questions about the Gratitude Program at Newport Hospital please contact Sara Meirowitz at 401-845-4339.