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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star

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Our own library of ancient Alexandria

Stafford Hospital

Thanks to all who commented about Tuesday’s item on the Facebook postings about Stafford Hospital. It was one of the most commented upon posts that I’ve had. I was a little embarrassed when I realized what I had done. I usually don’t pontificate like that. I guess something had been building inside me, and I let it rip.

I would like to defend myself on one point: I do not fear this digital millennium. It has changed the newspaper business dramatically. Everyone here is scrambling to keep up with the change, to remain relevant and profitable. But the good that it’s brought far outweighs the bad.

I’m probably revealing too much about myself, but as a kid I used to think about the ancient library in Alexandria, Egypt. The stories about it amazed me, that it contained within its walls what was said to be all the world’s knowledge. I tried to imagine what it must have been like to wander inside it and examine its collection, and the sadness that its keepers must have felt when it burned.

Today, as an adult, I have the equivalent of that great library, the Internet, at my fingertips. It has all the world’s knowledge, or at least a good percentage of it, and Pandora to boot.

As for Facebook, I confess that I am more of a lurker than a participant. I check it each day and enjoy some of what my friends have posted. Brian, our webmaster here, talked me into creating a Facebook page for this blog. Now after I’ve posted here, I switch over and put a teaser about it on Facebook. I invite everyone to check out that page, Fredericksburg Health, and “like” it. You can find it here.


  • havingfun

    Hey….why not do a report on the status of digital medical records? I am sick of filling out a new form with my or my kid’s medical history and all the information each time we go to a new doctor!! Why isn’t this all done and available to doctors yet? Wouldn’t complete documentation result in better care?