Kim Clark-Miller was born at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and is a fourth-generation resident of the Rogue Valley. Her children are the fifth generation to live on the same property that was farmed by Kim’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Kim found out that she had breast cancer on a Monday, and one week later she had a double mastectomy at the hospital.
Kim tells the story of her diagnosis and hospital stay:
“And so from Monday to Monday, I found out I had cancer to—boom—I had a double mastectomy and ended up having such an incredible stay at the hospital. Here I had a part of me removed, and they were just so compassionate and understanding.
“The hospital staff is amazing when it comes to cancer and everything that they do for all of the cancer patients. You can tell that they love their job. You can tell that people want to be there versus having a job and having to get a paycheck. And that is what meant so much to me—the fact that they were wholeheartedly there with me, not just doing the job.
“It is quite a calling these oncology nurses and the oncology doctors have. It is amazing. I couldn’t believe the strength that they have to go through that with the patients. When I was in the hospital, it was so comforting to know that I had really good people to take care of me.
“The oncology nurses are incredibly compassionate, not to say that the other ones aren’t, but they just have a softness about them. There are so many people there who are in such poor condition or in their last days, and these nurses just give it their all. The amount of love and concern and true love of their job is amazing.
“I never even thought one time to go someplace else or to find care anyplace besides the valley. I mean, I was born in the hospital, so where else would I go but Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center? I mean, it is just so home.”