A woman called a local hospital .
"Hello. Could you connect me to the person who gives information about
patients. I'd like to find out if a patient is getting better, doing as
expected, or getting worse."
The voice on the other end said, "What is the patient's name and room
"Sarah Finkel, room 302." "I'll connect you with the nursing station .
"3-A Nursing Station. How can I help You?"
"I'd like to know the condition of Sarah Finkel in room 302."
"Just a moment. Let me look at her records.
"Mrs. Finkel is doing very well. In fact, she's had two full meals, her
blood pressure is fine, she is to be taken off the heart monitor in a
couple of hours and, if she continues this improvement, Dr. Cohen is
going to send her home Tuesday at noon."
The woman said, "What a relief! Oh, that's fantastic . . that's
The nurse said, "From your enthusiasm, I take it you are a close family
member or a very close friend!"