Today’s salute to healthcare workers that was organized by the United Way of the Pikes Peak Region got me thinking about the many acts of kindness and respect that have been shown to our healthcare professionals over the last couple of months, and there have been many.
So I want to salute everyone in our community who has taken time, or who will take time in the future, to salute our healthcare workers in big and small ways.
We have shared many of these stories on News5. Like paralympic bronze medalist and Purple Heart recipient Melissa Stockwell raising money to buy snacks to drop at local hospitals. Melissa says, “If we can all do our part, little by little, this will pass, and we'll get through it together.”
The Broadmoor Rotary Club delivered lunch to UCHealth’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing site on the south end of Colorado Springs. “We want to feel loved, and we want them to know the community is behind them,” said Liz Anderson, membership chair for the club.
Also, fellow first responders and hospital leadership have taken time to cheer on and say a special thank you to the workers on the front lines of this pandemic.
Jessica Yoo is a registered nurse and a nursing house supervisor at UCHealth Memorial Hospital who, after a rough half-hour on shift early in the crisis, got a boost from a hospital leader. “I appreciate so much our leadership because she pulled me aside, and she gave me a hug and that means a lot.”
You can be sure that for every story of kindness and support that has been shared in the news, there are many more things happening that have not been shared.
For example, when I interviewed Lisa Mase about her daughter’s hospitalization – during which she couldn’t have visitors for five days - she said nothing to me about the loads of Chick-fil-A I’m told she delivered to the staff caring for her daughter Lindsay.
Tonya June, a registered nurse at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North, says there have been so many small gestures that mean the world to these front-line heroes. “We have been feeling the outpouring from the community; it’s been lunches or homemade cookies. I came to work in tears one morning because there were little kids handing out water to us from their church and school. You just don’t get that kind of appreciation day in and day out.”
So keep it up southern Colorado and thank you to everyone who has gone out of your way to thank our healthcare professionals. In my experience, our healthcare community is always there for us when we need them. They frequently go above and beyond the call of duty as they fill one of the noblest roles in our society - caring for others on so many levels.
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