To the Editor:
Earlier this spring, I was a passenger aboard the Holland-America MS Veendam, which anchored for the day off Bar Harbor. While we were walking around your beautiful seaport town, I experienced a medical emergency which prevented my walking mobility, and I had to be taken by ambulance to the Emergency Room at Mount Desert Hospital.
Never have I met and received such excellent medical care at any hospital as I did at MDI. The personnel from the Bar Harbor Ambulance Service, the receiving medical staff at the hospital and the excellent physicians who treated me in the Emergency Room were outstanding.
One physician I will never forget was Dr. Stuart Davidson, the orthopedic surgeon, who treated me at MDI. His bedside manners, his high competence and medical knowledge assured me I was receiving the best medical assistance I needed.
While I was in the hospital, I expressed my concern that my ship would be sailing from Bar Harbor at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. I was still in the Emergency Room at 1:45 p.m. Dr. Davidson assured me I would not miss my ship. In fact, at the conclusion of my treatment, after discharge papers were signed, this wonderful physician borrowed his nurse’s car and actually drove us to the pier.
We arrived just in time to catch the last tender ferrying passengers back to Veendam. We continued our 14-day cruise in good health onward to Montreal.
Long after I have forgotten this magical cruise which began in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., my respect and admiration for this wonderful Dr. Stuart Davidson and his staff at Mount Desert Hospital still lingers.
Alex E. Dunn Jr.
Pompano Beach, Fla.