On Monday Jan. 9th, after feeling sick for days, Frank Adkins, a homeless resident of Camp Hope, decided it was time to go to the hospital. He was having difficulty breathing, severe flu-like symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea and could barely stand. Brent Cooper, our Safety Team Leader, escorted Frank to the emergency room at Memorial Medical Center here in Las Cruces late in the afternoon. As soon as he got to the front desk, he told the receptionist exactly what his situation was, and that he was homeless and staying at our camp and she said, “don’t worry, we’ll take good care of you!”. And to his surprise he was in with a Doctor in about ten to fifteen minutes, Dr. Kinkel, who checked him out and immediately treated him for having walking pneumonia, and drained fluid from each of Frank’s lungs and gave him some medication and Frank was released from the hospital later that evening.
Frank came to me this morning and asked me to mention this on our blog and to thank Dr. Kinkel and his nursing staff and Memorial Medical Center for treating him so well,”above and beyond” as he said. Often the homeless get looked over or placed on a lower rung when seeking medical care, due to not having insurance, or simply due to their status, or even because emergency rooms are so busy. This was not the case for Frank, and the simple measure of being treated with compassion and with attentiveness has made a remarkable difference in his healing and demeanor, smiling and grateful today, that he was treated as an equal human being when he needed help.
Our heartfelt thanks to Memorial Medical Center, to all who work so hard there, and what a great way to start the New Year!