SVH: Story of Ora Boston

Ora Boston: “I Couldn’t Think of Nicer People”


“I couldn’t think of three nicer people,” says Ora Boston, when describing the staff of Simi Valley Hospital’s WorkPlace occupational medicine center. He should know. In the first half of 1998, he visited the WorkPlace for two separate on-the-job injuries. A Building Maintenance Technician, Ora first hit his index finger with a hammer and later cut his thumb while stripping a wire. While relatively minor, both injuries required at least a week of outpatient treatment and recovery.

Sensitive Staff

Ora cites the little things that made a big difference at the WorkPlace: the secretary who was always cheerful and remembered his name; the efficient nurse, who immediately knew what to do; and the skillful doctor. “They were all sensitive to my problems,” he says.

He was so impressed that he still stops by from time to time, just to say hi.

Ora found a similar type of care in Simi Valley Hospital’s Intensive Care and Definitive Observation Units, where his father was being treated for congestive heart failure. Ora says of his father’s physician, “Every time I had questions, he was there to answer them.”

A Very Special Birthday

Ora also has a lot of praise for the ICU staff — and was especially glad when they allowed a large celebration for his father’s 85th birthday. Ora, his sister, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren were able to see Ora’s father one last time before his passing. It was a gesture that meant a lot to Ora and his family.