When Harold Olmstead isn't at work, he enjoys helping out on the family farm. So when an accident caused a machine to exert 3,000 pounds of pressure on his hand, he chose Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa for his emergency care.
"My boss and I were looking at some equipment when someone else reattached the air lines and the machine snapped down on my hand," said Harold. "My left index finger was severely lacerated."
Harold's wife, Brenda, drove him to Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa - less than two miles from their home. Dr. John McMaster, an emergency room physician at Via Christi, treated the injury.
"My wife gets grossed out a little too easily, and that's really why I ended up going," continued Harold. "It was a good thing, though; Dr. McMaster did a really good job of sewing me up. At least I have all of my fingers now, there's always that."
The accident happened in early August and Harold is just now getting full use of his hand again, although he still has some residual numbness in his fingers.
"I go to Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa for everything I need now, because it's only a mile from my house and they treated me well," explained Harold. "We even took my grandson there too after he had a bad reaction to poison ivy. This year, I'll be giving thanks for the hospital out west - Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa."
Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa
Our Emergency Department at 14800 W. St. Teresa has 14 private treatment rooms staffed and equipped to care for patients of all ages in any type of emergency situation.
Your care team will include a board-certified Emergency Medicine doctor and experienced emergency nursing staff with pediatric training and other specialty certifications.
To best serve you, our Emergency Department has rooms specially equipped for:
- Critical care
- Behavioral health
- Ear, eye, nose and throat
- Decontamination and isolation
Best of all, CT, MRI, a heart catheterization lab and a full-service laboratory are only steps away, furthering our ability to provide your care in the best possible place - close to home.