“Exceptional” is the term former Forest Grove Mayor Richard Kidd used to describe a recent experience at Tuality Healthcare. Kidd has been undergoing treatment at Tuality for lymphoma, a form of blood cancer. Kidd is optimistic his sixth chemotherapy treatment will be his final one. Three out of the six chemotherapy treatments were at OHSU as an inpatient and the remaining three as a Tuality outpatient.
Kidd was very impressed by the community feel at Tualityand the care he received. “The nurses and staff treat you like a person and not a number,” he said.
During his entire treatment regimen, he went through X-Ray, other imaging, blood tests, lumbar puncture, and chemotherapy. Having a comfortable and welcoming stay at the hospital was important to him and his wife.
Dr. Gerald Gibbs of the Hillsboro Hematology and Oncology Clinic served as his provider during chemotherapy treatments at Tuality. “Dr. Gibbs is outstanding,” said Kidd. “He gives out his personal cell number to patients.”
Kidd tells a story about sitting on the porch with his wife on a sunny Saturday afternoon when the phone rang. It was Dr. Gibbs on the phone asking how he was feeling with the treatment. He pressed the speaker button on the phone so his wife could hear that it was Dr. Gibbs taking time out of his day to personally call and follow up. “The only thing missing is the horse, buggy, and doctor bag,” Kidd said about the personal care he received from Dr. Gibbs.
Kidd served as the mayor of Forest Grove for 14 years and received the Outstanding Oregon Mayor Award in 2009 from the Oregon Mayors’ Association. Prior to that, he served for seven years on the Forest Grove City Council with three years as the council president. He donates to the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, his church, and Habitat for Humanity. He came to Forest Grove in 1971 as a member of the U.S. Army with advisory duties for the Forest Grove National Guard. He spent 32 years in the military before retiring at the rank of colonel.