Grateful for Generations of Care

Ever since settling in Dufur in 1966, David Gross has had many occasions to visit Mid-Columbia Medical Center. The retired U.S. Forest Service employee has been treated in the emergency room, spent a week in the Rehabilitation Center, and used the Lab and Radiology departments prior to being both an inpatient and an outpatient. “I ran a Youth Conservation Corps on the Mt. Hood National Forest, and I had kids sometimes land in the ER during their activities, too,” he says. Many of his visits involved visiting friends and family who were patients. And then there were the births of three children at MCMC and three grandchildren. They, too, have been treated at MCMC for a variety of bumps, bruises and various illnesses. “In short, MCMC has been part of my life for a long time,” says Gross.

His latest visit, in January 2020, was another exceptional experience that prompted Gross to write a letter of thanks commending the care he received while in the acute care unit. Words he used to describe the staff included

caring, compassionate, concerned and friendly. He also has high praise for the physical therapy staff. “They encouraged me and sometimes pushed me beyond what I thought I could do, always with the goal of getting me back to doing the things that made my life so enriching,” he says.

Even when he is not a patient, MCMC is part of Gross’ life. “My art has been exhibited on the walls of the cafeteria, the Celilo Cancer Center and Water’s Edge,” he notes. The latter facility houses the fitness center and pool that he uses on a regular basis. “I do my bike work while looking right out on the banks of the Columbia River,” he states. “You can see seagulls and Canadian geese; it’s a beautiful spot!”

To show just how grateful he is for the care he has received, Gross made a donation to the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, the fundraising entity at MCMC. His philanthropic support will help ensure that MCMC is here serving The Dalles for many generations to come.