Linton's Mayor John Wilkes returned to work full-time this week after a short emergency medical leave, with praise for Greene County General Hospital where he received treatment, and appreciation of small town life.
It may be true, when you live in a small town, everybody knows everybody, and sometimes they know your business too. That doesn't seem to bother Wilkes, especially after so many people in the community expressed concern for him when he was recently hospitalized.
"It's very reassuring," said Wilkes.
"I'd like to thank all the people, for the prayers, the cards, the calls and the visits.
"I really appreciate all of it."
Wilkes said he worked part-time for a couple of days last week and started back full-time this week.
In his absence, Linton City Council President Fred Markle stepped in as acting mayor until Wilkes returned to the office.
Wilkes said his recovery was going well and he's been feeling great.
"I can do everything I need to do and I feel better than before."
Wilkes was treated in the emergency room (ER) at Greene County General on Sat., Jan. 26, then admitted into the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU).
He underwent surgery on Tue., Jan. 29 and then was released the very next day, on Wed., Jan. 30.
"When you go into the ER, then into ICU, then go through surgery too, you see everything from a different perspective," said Wilkes.
"The doctors, the staff, they got me in, and out, and I had excellent care."
Wilkes said he wanted to encourage people to make use of Greene County General Hospital as much as possible.
"We are so fortunate to have this facility in our community," said Wilkes.
"I can't say enough about this hospital. I could not have gotten better care any place."