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When then 8-year-old Robert Wagner of Toledo starting having stomach pain at his house in 2015, he thought maybe he just needed to eat something. After having a slice of pizza the pain continued, so his dad decided it was time to take Robert to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

The emergency room doctors quickly realized that Robert needed emergency surgery on his appendix. He stayed overnight and had surgery the next day.
Robert’s mom, Jill, was grateful for the exceptional care her son got so close to home.

“Anything further would have been too far away,” Jill said. “The hospital staff was really great with Robert. They reassured us that it was a very common surgery and explained everything really well.”

The Pacific Communities Health District Foundation supports emergency care in Newport by providing new equipment to improve patient care, including four stretchers and a defibrillator.

Now 10, Robert remembers how nice all the doctors and nurses were during his time at the hospital.

“I really liked that they talked to me and explained things so I could understand it instead of just talking to my parents,” said Robert.

Robert is back to his favorite activities, like soccer and dog 4-H, and looks back on his trip to the hospital with a great attitude.

“It was actually kind of fun,” he said. “And the food was really good, too!”