To the Editor:

I would like to thank the people of New Milford Hospital for the outstanding level of medical care provided to my wife during a recent stay, and publicly acknowledge several local medical professionals and hospital employees who went above and beyond their normal duties to provide physical and emotional care to our family during a very difficult time.

On March 15, my wife gave birth to our daughter at New Milford Hospital. Following a successful delivery, what we had anticipated as being a day of joy and happiness turned into a serious, life-threatening situation when my wife experienced a complication that required emergency surgery.

Following multiple surgical procedures over several hours in the hospital operating room, with my wife's life in the balance, the surgical team was able to find a solution that saved her life.

I would like to thank Dr. Carol Papov, Dr. Annette Wagner and Dr. John Sussman, the trio of surgeons whose collaborative efforts in the operating room that afternoon saved the life of a mother of two and loving wife.

Their vast knowledge of medicine, tireless efforts and teamwork were the deciding factors in bringing a positive outcome to a desperate and nearly tragic situation. I could feel the concern they had for my wife and our family, and that meant the world to me as I helplessly stood by.

These three physicians are a true asset to the New Milford community and, to them, I will be forever grateful for their skillful actions that saved my wife.

I would like to thank the nursing staffs of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Family Birthing Center for the expert medical care provided to my wife in the hours and days that followed her surgery.

All of the nurses were very kind and helpful to my family during this difficult time. We were particularly touched by the actions of two nurses, ICU nurse manager Amy Llerena and Family Birthing Center nurse Geralyn Turner, who continually went above and beyond what they had to do to care for my wife and newborn daughter.

In addition, our family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern from every level of New Milford Hospital staff who repeatedly asked how my wife was recuperating and offered their assistance to our family.

The high level of attention our entire family received at this small, community hospital clearly contrasts with the often impersonal experiences I have had at larger hospitals, and I am grateful that we chose New Milford Hospital for our medical needs.

The people of New Milford are very fortunate to have knowledgeable, skillful and compassionate medical professionals in our community who help us physically as well as emotionally by lifting our spirits in the most troubling of times.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

Shamus Skelly

New Milford