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Patients get into the holiday spirit at party

December 07, 1998|By SCOTT BUTKI

More then 100 current and former patients of the Meadow Dialysis Center gathered Sunday for an annual holiday party.

"This gets them in the holiday spirit," said Eli Roza. Roza and his father, Otto, are physicians at the center. His father started the event in 1972.

Most of the clinic patients have to come there three times a week for three-hour visits, so Sunday's event gives them a chance to break that routine, Eli Roza said.

The party at the Four Points Hotel in Hagerstown had musical entertainment, door prizes and a free meal for patients and their spouses. Many brought other relatives as well.

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"I think it is beautiful," said 62-year-old Bertha Tressler of Hagerstown. "I have never had a doctor give me anything but advice and a bill. I think it is wonderful."

She has been going to the clinic for two years. The people there become like your family, she said.

"The nurses and technicians are guardian angels," she said.

"It's terrific," said patient Robert Washam, 74, of Hagerstown. He likes the food and the camaraderie, he said.

His wife, Evelyn, 66, says she likes seeing everyone dressed up and at a time when they are not hooked up to machines.

They have been coming to the event for the last five years. "It is top rate - there is no room for improvement," he said.

Fred Wolford, 53, of Hagerstown, said it is hard sometimes to hold a conversation with clinic employees and other patients while at the clinic.

That is one of the reasons he likes the party, he said. "It's nice - a home atmosphere. We get a chance to meet each other," he said. He has been coming to the party each year since 1988.

Sitting with Wolford was Bob Cobb, 64, of Hagerstown. Cobb came alone for his first dialysis party but said he definitely plans to return and bring his wife along. "It's very nice," he said.

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