Lynne's Story: Stroke Coordination
When Lynne Dittmar first started working at Palmetto General Hospital 40 years ago, there were just two beds in the emergency room. Now there are more than 50.
"This is my home," she says. "This is where I belong. This is where I grew up. I have stayed because the hospital changes so much. It reinvents itself every five years. We are always growing; we are always adding on; there is always something new."
After decades of work in the emergency room and critical care unit, Lynne became the stroke coordinator almost four years ago, right when the hospital began the process to become a certified stroke center. She has developed camaraderie with other long-time co-workers as they all work to make each patient's experience as comfortable as possible.
"There are quite a few of us who have been here almost since the beginning. The hospital was only open five years when I started here," Lynne says. "A lot of us go way back to opening each floor, opening each new area."
And patients feel the care that comes from the familiarity among the longtime staff members many have grown to know so well.
"People are comfortable here," she says. "Patients see a lot of the same nurses when they come back so they see familiar faces. Palmetto has the services they need, so why go somewhere else? This is their home too."