Northampton City Councilor Marianne LaBarge with
R.F. Conway, MD, Medical Director of the
Cooley Dickinson Emergency Department
Months after a traumatic fall off her deck during a February blizzard, Marianne LaBarge still talks about the care she received at Cooley Dickinson’s Emergency Department.
A snow-and-ice covered deck proved to be dangerous footing for Northampton’s Ward 6 City Councilor when she slipped on the icy surface, fell backwards onto a concrete slab, and sustained a large cut from the crown of her head to the base of her skull. “My husband found me on my back. I was saying ‘Please, someone help me,’” recalled LaBarge, who doesn’t remember being picked up or being driven to the Cooley Dickinson Emergency Department.
At the hospital, doctors and nurses determined LaBarge had a concussion and that her cut required 13 staples. “Everyone who helped me — those who took my medical information, examined me, brought me for tests — was kind, compassionate, and very skilled.”
R.F. Conway, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the Emergency Department, managed LaBarge’s care and advised on how to heal from a concussion. Since the accident, LaBarge has returned to serving the people of Northampton’s Ward 6, with a new appreciation for her local hospital.
“After going through such a traumatic experience, it made me realize how important it is to have such a strong community hospital and Emergency Department.”