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I am the mother of Clay Burkhalter, your bill board man. I had a bad knee for four years and I finally convinced myself to have it replaced. I limped along and everyone could tell it was me by my awkward walk. I went to the same doctor as Clay and after xrays showed I had nothing left in my knee, I went ahead and had the surgery at L+M in January of 2014. I only put one provision upon my doctor. I had to be back on the tennis court on May 17th. This was the qualification year for the National Senior Games for 2015. After great care at L+M I went through intensive physical therapy. Everyone knew what my goal was. And I reached my goal winning my age group in singles in tennis and qualifying for the nationals in MN next July. I have won in previous Senior National Games, a gold, silver and bronze. I will be 80 years old next year and I am aiming for another gold medal or two.

So thank you to the team at L+M and physical therapy for getting me back on the court and being competitive once again. Everyone with a bad knee should think about replacement as mine feels like a normal knee.

- Elizabeth
I love the outdoors. Biking, hiking, cross country skiing—you name it, I love it. But my knees became so painful that it was difficult for me to even walk, let alone get in and out of my kayak. My knee replacement surgeries got me back outside doing the things I love again. Hear more of my story here.
- Joy from Waterford
Two weeks ago on an early Sunday morning my Husband passed out on the floor. He was unresponsive so I called my son and he rushed to our house while he called the ambulance and police. When we got to Westerly Hospital he was put in ICU. They found several blood clots and one huge one around his lungs. Thanks to the staff and doctors, they gave him a risky clot buster procedure and he survived. After he came home a couple of days later, I too was having trouble breathing and went to the Westerly Hospital. After several tests they found that my heart was enlarged but let me go home and I have a follow up with the heart doctor. I want to thank each and every doctor and staff member for saving my husband's life. They were phenomenal.
- Karen

In April I went to Disney with my family to see my nephew perform with his band. I was having severe stomach pain and ended up in the emergency room in the Orlando Hospital and was told that I needed to have my gallbladder taken out that day and they prepared me for surgery. Fourteen hours later I was still waiting, as they had mistakenly not put me into the surgery schedule. I met with the surgeon again, everything was confused and I did not feel good about having the surgery there, at this point I just wanted to go home and get taken care of at home. I was told that I was okay to fly.

The next day I flew back home to Pawcatuck and saw my doctor and then met with the surgeon Dr. Michael Betler. He received and reviewed all the test results from the Hospital in Florida and saw me that day. He was very informative and reassuring, especially after what I just went through in Florida. He scheduled me for surgery the next morning.

The next morning I went to Westerly Hospital and I was brought right in and taken care of immediately. I was being prepared for surgery by a few nurses, and Dr Betler saw me before surgery as well. I felt very reassured and comforted. The laparoscopic gall bladder surgery was done and I woke in the recovery room and was taken care of while I waited to be picked up. I went in at 9am the morning and was at my house by the afternoon and had dinner that night. I spent less time in the hospital here where I had my surgery than when I was in Florida... waiting for my surgery. My entire experience at Westerly Hospital was a good one from start to finish! I was impressed with the kind staff, Dr Betler and the comfortable environment and the efficiency. Dr Betler saw me for my follow-up visit and I thanked him... I feel great!

- Rena from Pawcatuck
I had a heart attack in 1996, as a result I met Cardiologist Mark Fiengo. Over the years, Mark tried to talk me into having a defibrillator implant. I finally agreed and went ahead with the implant. Well, on May 6, 2015, while unloading my trailer full of brush at the Groton Landfill, I got very dizzy and passed out! The following day I received a call from the organization that monitors my defibrillator called me and informed me that I received two shocks. It saved my life, Dr. Mark Fiengo saved my life.......that’s my story
- Valentino

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