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Nurses Are Caring Faces at Hospitals

Nurses are the caring faces of any hospital. While many patients are grateful for work by physicians, understanding by billing departments, even better-than-reputed food from cafeterias, it is the nurses who watch over them 24/7.

It was appropriate, then, that those who were trained and who served as nurses at Ohio Valley Medical Center gathered Tuesday to discuss their memories of the hospital, which closed last year.

“How OV is ultimately remembered is the work you did — the hands-on (care) at the bedside,” the former OVMC employees were told by James Stultz, who was an administrator there for 41 years.

Precisely.

Loss of OVMC as a health care facility hit our valley hard. But the blow psychologically was, in a way, worse. It was the realization that part of the institutional compassion of our area was gone.

For more than a century, OVMC’s nurses were the very foundation of that compassion. We salute them all, and wish them well in the future.

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