“ Interesting how important breathing is to one’s life! I know that might sound a little flip, but until one particular day I just took it for granted. Then, well…breathing became very difficult. My wife let me out at the door of the McAlester Regional emergency room and before she could park the car and come in they already had me surrounded by nurses and at least two doctors. I was quickly diagnosed with double pneumonia, bronchitis, and a collapsed left lung. What we were so impressed with was their incredible speed and competence. They saved my life. This hospital has a true vision for the future of medicine in southeast Oklahoma and McAlester is fortunate to have this level of care right here…. so close to home.”