Stan Knight and his wife Roshan know the route from Gull Lake to Royal University Hospital like the back of their hands.

Four or five times a year they pack their overnight bags in their car and make the five hour drive to Saskatoon to attend medical appointments. This year, that number may go up. Since April they have already traveled to the hospital three or four times.

“My experience with the people at Royal University Hospital has been very positive,” says the 76 year old Knight. “I can’t say anything bad about the people there.”

One of the things Knight and his wife appreciate is the respect staff has for their time and their pocketbook. Every effort is made to ensure Stan and Roshan can get all of their doctor appointments in while they are in Saskatoon rather than making them return three or four times. On Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24, the Knights had five different appointments set for them, most of which were at RUH.

“It costs $100 for gas for the car and $250 for two nights at a hotel,” Knight says. “So we appreciate people respecting the distance we have to travel and trying to make sure we don’t have to run back and forth.”

Knight has plenty of praise for the staff. He and his wife love that when they get to outpatient admitting they never wait more than 10 minutes before they are looked after, which gets an “A++” grade from Knight.

“They are by far my favourite.”

Then there are the volunteers who work at the information desk who also rate an “A++” from Knight.

“Nancy Street and her sister who works there are very good. I think of her as a friend.”

Among the staff and services at Royal University Hospital, Stan Knight appreciates the ride he and his wife get on the Royal Express when they come for appointments.

Among the staff and services at Royal University Hospital, Stan Knight appreciates the ride he and his wife get on the Royal Express when they come for appointments.

While Knight has a lot of praise for the giving staff do, he also does his part to give back to the hospital making annual donations to the Royal University Hospital Foundation. He encourages others to find a worthwhile cause to support in order to help others in their communities.

“I like to make donations to RUH Foundation rather than send flowers to a funeral. I just made one in the name of a second World War veteran who passed away recently. It’s a good way to honour their memory.”

There is one more service that Knight and his wife really appreciate when they come to the hospital and that’s the Royal Express which was purchased thanks to generous donors.

“That buggy ride in RUH has been a godsend for us,” an enthused Knight gushes. “The places in the hospital where we have appointments in the old section, the driver picks us up from admitting drops us off and then pick us back up again.”