Great memories and trinkets weren’t the only thing Charlotte Westpfahl of Waverly brought home from a trip to Italy. Unfortunately, she also brought pneumonia. “Towards the end of the trip, several others on our tour started to not feel well. When I got home, I was feeling the same way and knew I needed to go to the doctor,” Charlotte commented.
She continued, “I normally see Dr. Renu Bansal in the Christophel Clinic but she was out of the office. I was so glad Dr. Courtney Bochmann was able to see me right away. He had all of my medical records and was very easy to talk with.”
Charlotte had pneumonia and started taking antibiotics. She ended up having a reaction to the antibiotics at home so her husband called 911. Charlotte was brought to Waverly Health Center’s emergency department (ED) by ambulance. “I was so out of it. That’s what scared my husband Duaine the most. The ambulance and ED teams were so professional and handled everything wonderfully. Dr. Zehr was amazing and called Duaine two times later in the week to make sure I was doing well at home. That was above and beyond!”
Charlotte and Duaine moved to Waverly in 1964 and both of their daughters were born at the hospital. She has also been a member of the hospital Auxiliary, served as the president for a while and is also a long-time volunteer. “When we first moved to town and had our girls, we still had the old hospital. It was exciting when the new hospital was built and we can’t wait for the new project the health center is working on,” Charlotte commented.
“We feel so lucky to have Waverly Health Center in town. They continue to bring in new specialists and services and the staff members are great. Their new building project is incredible and we want everyone to get on board and use our local health care services.”