Earlier this spring, I was diagnosed with a malfunctioning mitral heart
valve, and to correct it, I needed open heart surgery. My appointed surgeon
was Dr. Baron Harper. He works out of Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville.
I was unable to make the first appointment, and it was rescheduled for
the following day. He was notified that I had arrived, and he ran all
the way from Rideout to his office so not to keep me waiting. What's
up with that? Unheard of. Ten minutes into the conversation, I was positive
that I was in the best possible hands. My family (who all wanted to take
me to Sacramento) met with Dr. Harper and bombarded him with questions.
Afterward, they all concurred that he was the right surgeon for me. They
realized why I was so at ease and so positive on the outcome. As I expected,
all went well. After being released, my friends commented on my weight
loss and they were surprised that I just had open heart surgery. I can't
express enough of my gratitude to Dr. Harper. He checked on me in the
morning and late evening while I was in the hospital. Rideout's staff,
to me, is second to none in caring for their patients. Also, I was thoroughly
impressed and grateful for the care my wife received five years ago when
she was their patient for 19 days, and I am so pleased that I was a recipient
of the same care.