Brien Rollins

“I’m so thankful they took my pain away!”

—Brien Rollins

For Brien Rollins (middle), the pain shooting down his leg was excruciating. “My sciatica had been acting up again,” Brien explains. “But this time the pain just got worse and worse. It got to the point where, on a scale of 1 to 10, the pain was a 20! If someone had offered to cut my leg off at that point, I would have agreed without hesitation.”

Enough was enough. At 2 a.m. Brien went to the Emergency Department at Wyoming County Community Health System, “I was absolutely amazed at how fast Wendy Perry (left), Dr. John Slobodzian (right) and the other hospital staff took care of me,” says Brien, who served in the U.S. military for almost 30 years before retiring. “Having lived in Massachusetts and the Albany area, I was used to waiting a long time in the Emergency Room. But not this time. You could tell the nurses and doctors were really concerned about relieving my pain. And they did! They immediately gave me a pain medication and a steroid injection. I was so thankful when the pain soon disappeared, and I was able to go home.”

Brien was also really impressed by the Emergency Department facility, which added 12,000 square feet in January 2014. “It’s fabulous!” he says. “Just like all of the people who’ve taken care of me every time I’ve gone to Wyoming County Community Health System.”