Close to home orthopedic care gets Royce back on the move

Posted Date: 10/1/2018
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Whether he’s serving on student council, attending National Honor Society meetings, playing trumpet in the Preston High School Band or scoring goals on the Knight’s Soccer Team, Alex Royce is always on the move. Royce was selected for the 2018 Preston County Buckwheat Festival Court but can also be found volunteering at the festival Fireman’s Breakfast. The PHS Senior Class President has played an influential role among his peers, as he juggles various activities with ease.

 

Royce’s senior year was off to a busy start, but suddenly took a turn he had not envisioned. During the third game of the season, Alex sustained an injury while playing in Martinsburg. A broken finger landed him in the Berkley Medical Center Emergency Department, where the bone was set and splinted. He was then released but directed to seek medical attention upon arriving home.

 

It didn’t take long for Royce’s older brother Nick to contact family friend and Preston Memorial Hospital Physician Liaison, Dr. Fred Conley for advice. Conley immediately suggested Alex follow up for treatment with the PMH Orthopedic Surgery Department.

 

The Royce family knew they were in good hands when they learned PMH Orthopedic Surgeon Linda Jackson was an upper extremity specialist, and coincidentally on rotation. “Dr. Conley told us that Jackson specialized in hands,” said Chip Royce, Alex’s father. “I thought wow, we couldn’t have anyone better.”

 

Despite a full clinic schedule, Royce was seen by Jackson on a Monday following his weekend injury. Royce’s mother Debbie expressed the family’s gratitude for receiving treatment so quickly. “She took her time when we were in the office together, and she explained it all really well. It seemed that she already had a plan,” Debbie Royce said. “She laid it all out and made us feel comfortable,” Chip Royce added.

 

Within three days of his initial appointment at PMH and less than a week after the injury, Royce was out of surgery and on the road to recovery. Royce’s parents were comforted by the constant communication with the clinical staff during their son’s operation. “They treated us great and kept us informed throughout the entire process,” Chip Royce explained.

 

“Now my season is pretty much over,” Alex said. Even though Royce’s senior season was cut short, he is fulfilling his duties as one of the team captains by assisting at practice and games. When he’s not with the soccer team, Royce has plenty other activities occupying his time.

 

Royce’s schedule is filled with honors courses, as he prepares to attend West Virginia University next fall to study engineering. Additionally, Royce is focusing his efforts on his role in the marching band as a trumpet soloist. “I have to learn to play left handed,” Alex said. “It won’t be that hard,” he eagerly added.

 

 

Dr. Jackson has made it a priority to know her patients and their families on a personal level. “I do my best to ensure that my patients feel like human beings and that they are not just a ‘diagnosis’,” Jackson commented.

 

When asked about the young patient Jackson responded, “Alex is a great young man and it is a pleasure to work with him and return him to his full capacity.” Jackson noted the value in building relationships while providing quality care for patients. “Providing excellent care has always been my goal since entering into the practice of medicine,” Jackson said. “The important thing to recognize is that outcomes are not uniquely the result of the physician activity. A close relationship which includes trust, is very important.”

 

The Royces were impressed with the care provided by Jackson and were relieved they were able to stay close to home for Alex’s orthopedic treatment. “Being close to home allows Alex to have treatment and follow up appointments without missing too much school,” Debbie explained.

 

Royce’s father noted the convenience of the Physical Therapy Services offered on site at Preston Memorial. “Physical therapy is right here, and they’re in close communication with the Orthopedic Department,” Chip said. “This is ideal for us.”

 

Though Alex’s season ended quicker than he and his family anticipated, Royce has kept a positive outlook. When referring to the treatment he received at PMH Alex concluded, “I was very fortunate.”

 

The Orthopedic Surgery Department is accepting new patients. Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Preston Memorial Physician Center at 304.329.4701.

 

 

 

 

 

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