Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Historical Marker Honoring Good Samaritan Hospital

Now a part of Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky's Good Samaritan Hospital was established in 1876. All of the six children of my parents, Paul and Joyce (Parker) Orshoski, were born in Sandusky at Good Samaritan Hospital. Most of the babies were delivered by our beloved family doctor, Dr. Watson Day Parker. Dr. Watson (we called him that to distinguish him from his brother, Dr. Lester Parker) said that delivering a baby in our family was like running a printing press, because we all looked alike!

We visited the hospital SO many times! To see someone who had just had surgery, or take one of the boys to the emergency room, or to have yet another set of tonsils removed. My dad lived his final days in Good Samaritan Hospital. He was racked with pain from lung cancer, and he got to know all his caregivers there. After Good Samaritan Hospital became a part of the Firelands Regional Medical Center, my mom worked at the information desk. She got to know doctors, nurses, visitors, and even the dietary staff and the cleaning crew! She said she enjoyed "telling people where to go."

After Mom's death, the flag at Firelands Regional Medical Center was at half staff, in memory of Mom. Such a fitting tribute! Good Samaritan Hospital and Firelands Regional Medical Center have played an important part in the lives of so many of my family members.

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