Special thank you touches hearts of Tidelands Health team members

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Published on October 29, 2019

Special thank you touches hearts of Tidelands Health team members

There are the handwritten thank-you notes and appreciative Facebook posts. Sometimes flowers or a special homemade baked good, too.

Through the years, patients have used a variety of ways to show their gratitude to the care providers at Tidelands Health for making a difference in their lives or the lives of their loved ones.

But a dedication in a book? This might be a first.

Bryan England likely wouldn’t have been around to write the book about his late mother if it hadn’t been for the health care professionals at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Recognizing team members in the book’s dedication was a no-brainer, he said.

Bryan England and the team at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital who helped save his life after he suffered a widowmaker heart attack.“I wouldn’t have been able to write the book if it weren’t for the nurses and doctors who saved my life. Those are the people I will never forget,” England said. “They are special to me and always will be.”

England credits the Tidelands Georgetown staff for saving his life in April 2018 after he suffered a “widowmaker” heart attack – which can result in death in mere minutes.

Team members’ skilled, compassionate efforts gave him a second chance at life that he doesn’t take for granted. The experience inspired him to finally write “A Country Girl from Colleton County: Remembrances of Edna Lee Padgett England,” which came out this summer and is available in bookstores in Georgetown. The book, filled with inspiring stories and old photographs, shares the story of his mother, who passed away in 2011 at 97.

“Unfortunately, it took something that happened to me for me to do this,” said England, a Pawleys Island resident and former dean of the Georgetown campus of Horry-Georgetown Technical College. “I just woke up one morning and decided to do it and started writing.”

When it came time to pen the dedication, England didn’t think twice about honoring the Tidelands Health care team, along with his family and God.

An excerpt from the book’s dedication:

“I would also like to dedicate it to a group of nurses and doctors who saved my life so that I would have the opportunity to write this story. They include Mandy Blake, Rachel Hemingway, Terra Kimpton, Theah Miller, Ashley Capps, Lorna Sparaco, Travis Jones, Wendi Kobylarz and Dr. Devlin.

“Dr. Devlin implanted two stents in my arteries that were 100 percent blocked. He stated that when he heard me say, ‘I want to go home,’ he thought I might make it. He was right.”

England also received care from others during his hospital stay and went through cardiac rehabilitation to continue his recovery after Dr. Mitchell Devlin implanted two stents to clear the blocked artery. England thanked them in the book as well.

“I also want to thank the nurses who cared for me in Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and in rehab (Michelle Sports-Young and Robin Bratcher). A final thank you to Sheryl Aiken, Kathleen Boone and Dr. John Ijem who have all guided me through my recovery.”

Since his recovery, England frequently swings by the hospital to chat with the care providers who hold such a special place in his heart. They were pleasantly surprised when he brought them copies of the book and showed them the special dedication.

“I loved it. I thought it was so very sweet,” said Mandy Blake, a nurse in the emergency department at Tidelands Georgetown. “It was nice to have our team thanked in that manner. It’s not just for us to see – but for everybody to see.

“It’s something heartfelt from him. It was pretty special.”

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