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“Everyone Needs to Know” a CMC Patient Confides

Posted on March 15, 2022

Gary Jones of Lake Tansi recently found himself as an inpatient at Cumberland Medical Center. Originally from England, he has lived in the United States for the last forty years with addresses ranging fromGary Jones South Dakota to Florida.

“I have been in a variety of hospitals across the nation, and I am absolutely pleased with my experience here at CMC,” Jones confides. “We have lived here a few years and wasn’t sure what to expect. The pandemic has certainly affected a lot of things, but I just can’t say enough about the good people here. They have become like family to me.”

Jones reflects on what it was like when he found himself in the emergency department. It was a new place to him, and he was not sure what to expect.

“Everyone was really busy, but seemed to genuinely want to help one another. Their teamwork was impressive to say the least. I witnessed some of our paramedics that day lend a hand to help relieve and assist the department. That really shocked me. You don’t see that kind of teamwork everywhere you go,” Jones added. “I just wanted to share my experience and stress how special of a place we have. I trust CMC with my health 100 percent!”

Healthcare 2022

The healthcare industry continues to face a variety of challenges two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare staffing is extremely tight across the nation. Supply chain delays and operational costs are also being greatly disrupted by inflation.

Meanwhile, studies show people are delaying healthcare visits because of fear, which often causes their condition(s) to worsen.

“We want our community to know that we are here and not to delay their care if they face an emergent situation,” says Cumberland Medical Center Chief Administrative Officer David Bunch. “These times are certainly unlike anything we have faced in our lifetime; however we are fortunate to be a member of Covenant Health and serve our community.”

CMC Legacy Deeply Rooted by Dr. May Cravath Wharton

Cumberland Medical Center was established in 1950 by Dr. May Cravath Wharton, an American Missionary who relocated to the Cumberland Plateau in 1917 to assist her husband, Edwin Wharton while he served as the head of Pleasant Hill Academy. During the flu epidemic of 1919, her expertise and compassionate heart helped enhance the quality of life of the Cumberland Plateau residents. She was known for traveling primitive country roads by horseback to provide care which would not have been available otherwise. After her husband’s passing in 1920, the community pleaded for her to stay. Together, they made her dream of establishing a rural hospital come to life with private, state, and federal funding after World War II.