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Radiology tech is highlight of veteran’s Skiff stay


March 3, 2018

Sometimes the quietest people speak the loudest with their actions. This is particularly true with Nick Schlatter, a radiology tech at Skiff Medical Center. Known by his colleagues as a soft-spoken professional who doesn’t seek the spotlight, he nonetheless left a big impression on his patient, Marvin Morris.

Marvin, who served in Korea as an army infantryman, was hospitalized at Skiff during Veterans Day weekend. Nick had the opportunity to visit with Marvin in that time period.

“He was a really fun guy to talk to,” Nick said. “I have family in the military, so I was interested to learn about his service to our country.”

Skiff staff did what they could to honor Marvin on the holiday, including placing a “Happy Veterans Day” poster on the outside of his door. Despite this, Nick felt bad that, not only was Marvin missing out on a Veterans Day breakfast with his friends, he was also restricted to “pretty much an ice-chip diet.” Nick saw this as an opportunity to help make a difference.

“I got a handwritten card from Nick, thanking me for my service,” Marvin said. “Nick said he appreciated getting to know me, and that talking to me was the highlight of his weekend. He also put in some spending money and wrote, ‘I know you had to miss your breakfast. Have one on me.’”

The gesture meant a lot to Marvin. “Nick took a human interest in me,” Marvin said. “He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. People like Nick are the reason I choose to go to Skiff.”

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204 N. 4th Ave E.
Newton, Iowa 50208
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Skiff Medical Center, a member of Mercy Health Network, is located in Newton, Iowa. We provide services to Jasper County residents in all major health areas, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, obstetrics, emergency medicine, hospice, home care, laboratory, respiratory, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The Skiff Specialty Clinic hosts more than 20 physicians specializing in cardiology, dermatology, ENT, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology and urology.
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