Community members and hospital staff gathered outside Medical Center Enterprise on Friday morning to show their appreciation to healthcare workers and first responders for their service during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
To honor healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines of COVID-19 patient care, the hospital hosted an appreciation ceremony followed by a lunch for hospital employees.
At the ceremony, Greg McGilvray, Chief Financial Officer and Interim CEO of MCE, thanked the hospital staff for their hard work over the past year and a half.
“Today is just a public expression of thanks to all departments at the hospital,” McGilvray said. “It takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to take care of a community. Our staff go above and beyond every day. They are working extra shifts, long hours. Over the past year, a year and a half, we have had more sadness than in a long time in healthcare, in our nation and in our community. ”
Chad McCollough, chief nurse of MCE, highlighted how difficult it has been for hospital staff during the pandemic to care for double the number of patients and how it takes all staff to keep the hospital in. walk.
“It takes a team to take care of patients,” McCollough said. “Nurses and respiratory therapists are mainly with the patients, but you still have to have records, rooms cleaned, you have to have labs drawn, and it takes the whole hospital team to do that.”