My turn

Staff at Hammond hospital impressive

2013-02-21T00:00:00Z Staff at Hammond hospital impressiveGeorge Grenchik Times Columnist
February 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I was in the shop a little while ago for a couple of days. A little trouble with the wiring. You have to keep up with the maintenance, especially as the parts get older.

No, it wasn’t my car — it was me.

I’ve had a-fib (atrial fibrillation) for several years now. A-fib is a fairly common ailment in which the electrical impulses to the heart misfire causing the heart to periodically flutter in an abnormal rhythm. It’s a bit worrisome and a bit discomforting, but not necessarily painful or dangerous, provided you take the blood thinners to help prevent clots and a stroke which the a-fib puts you at a greater risk for.

It’s one of those things you’re genetically predisposed to. My mother had it. She said her heart would flutter and told me it was simply because she had me as a son. Or was that what I told her?

Anyway, until two and a half weeks ago, my a-fib would come and go. But when it came one day and didn’t go for three days, I decided to get it checked out.

Urgent care at the clinic was overflowing that particular night so I left without being seen. My wife, to put it mildly, thought that was not the wisest decision. So off I went to the ER at St. Margaret’s, now Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hammond.

From the time I came to the ER until the time I was discharged, I was pleased and impressed by the professionalism and individual concern extended to me during my stay. The docs, the nurses, the nurse assistants, the techs, the pharmacy people, the food service people, the house keeping staff, the clergy ... everybody who I dealt with accorded me friendliness, respect, and concern as well as competence in their given area of expertise.

Thanks to the good folks of St. Margaret’s. This writer appreciates your efforts.


(though not three times)

In Calumet City there are the municipal elections — mayor, clerk, treasurer, and the seven aldermen, as well as park district commissioners and School Board members.

There have been some questions and legal wrangling about petitions filed by some candidates in the city government elections, not a good situation.

We who live in the 2nd District have essentially been without a representative to the Congress since Jesse Jackson Jr. disappeared in early June and later resigned.

I voted for Jackson in the past and, along with a lot of others, feel betrayed. Taking money donated by constituents in a district where there is much economic suffering and spending it on frivolous luxuries is hypocritical ... as well as illegal.

Maybe Jackson can take the cell of George Ryan.

Politicians and politics are not held in high esteem lately. And often for good reason. Still, it’s we who elect them. Besides, what other system would we use to run the affairs of our cities, states and country?

Vote on Feb. 26.


… are having a candlelight bowl to raise funds to fight cancer, the disease that took Jim’s life. The event is 8:30 p.m. March 2 at the Lan Oak Lanes, 2524 Ridge Road in Lansing. There will be food, door prizes, and general fun and fellowship as in past years of the event.

For details or to reserve a spot, phone Dennis at (708) 404-4357 or Patti at (708) 474-4468.

Thanks for reading.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. George Grenchik is a longtime Calumet City resident and retired instructor at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond. He can be reached at

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