Compassion for our Colleagues
I believe all of us in the health care community have been stunned as we’ve seen the devastating images of tornado-ravaged Moore, Oklahoma. Schools, homes and businesses flattened. And as local reporters and residents said, “Our hospital was hit.”
That’s how local communities think of their hospitals. Their own place to seek shelter, go for help, go for health. And perhaps most of all—go for hope. As one person said, “Where do we go now?”
In Moore, it was only the hospital building itself that was destroyed. Again we have seen a situation that highlights the selfless devotion of those who work in hospitals as well as the importance of disaster preparedness and training.
As a colleague at the Oklahoma Hospital Association said, “The hospital staff there did all the right things, and miraculously, none of the patients, employees or the 300+ citizens who took shelter there right before the storm were injured.”
Moore, your hospital building may be gone now, but it’s living in the hearts of all those—caretakers and non-patient care providers alike—that do the right thing when a tragedy big or small strikes. For every day, in every hospital, someone is having the worst day of their life. But life goes on, and a newly-built Moore hospital will again be visible as a sign of hope and cornerstone of your community.
Many Moore Hospital staff members returned to destroyed or damaged homes. I hope you will join IHA and me in contributing to a fund to assist them. Moore hospital, part of Norman Regional Health System, is accepting online donations for employees who suffered losses. Tax-deductible donations also may be mailed to: Norman Regional Health Foundation, P.O. Box 1665, Norman, OK 73070. Please indicate “Employees – Moore Medical Center” if donations are made online or by check.
Let’s help our colleagues heal too.