GUEST COMMENTARY: The real heroes

By Joanne Schroeder
President & CEO, Munson Healthcare Cvx Hospital
May is a very important month on the healthcare calendar as it includes two national observances that seem even more significant during this particular moment in time—2020 National Nurses Week and Hospital Week.
These celebrations are held each year in early May and are meant to remind us of the tremendous impact our healthcare workers have on the lives of our patients and the quality of life in our community. This has never been more evident than during the last two months as Northern Michigan has joined the fight against a global pandemic.
The World Health Organization marked 2020 the “Year of the Nurse” in recognition of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It was in a time of crisis that she became known for her compassion and her intellect in the establishment of the nursing profession. The way in which our staff has so quickly and gracefully adapted to meet the challenges of COVID-19 pays a fitting tribute to her memory.
It is said that adversity does not build character but reveals it. This pandemic has only made us further realize the tremendous dedication, courage and compassion of the people who work at Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital. We’ve seen it as our staff, from clinical to non-clinical, work around the clock adapting and building new processes to safely meet the challenges presented by this public health crisis. We’ve seen it in their steadiness despite so much rapid change and uncertainty. People are and always will be our greatest asset. They are the ambassadors and the backbone of Charlevoix Hospital. Thank you!
Hospitals and healthcare systems are incredibly complex operations and every single person plays a role in the care of our patients and health of our community. Whether it’s those who serve at a patient’s bedside or the support staff that may never even come in direct contact with that patient, it takes a team. This is why we’ve adapted the traditional “Hospital Week” and renamed it “Healthcare Team Week.” Whatever the role, we rely on one another to do our jobs effectively and safely.
Since 1919, Charlevoix Hospital has been a mainstay in providing local healthcare to the communities we serve. For 101 years now, Charlevoix has embraced and nurtured those who seek the hospital’s care. We provide a safe place where our patients can receive high quality care. This commitment to the communities we serve is timeless.
We provide our patients with convenient, close to home and top quality access to care provided by excellent medical staff and professionals.
We have a strong sense of community responsibility, a propensity toward collaboration and we find unique ways to develop and provide needed services.
We are proud to be part of an organization that is so caring and dedicated to the people we serve and our community is fortunate to have this organization at its fingertips taking care of their healthcare needs.
The pandemic has changed the way we work and has impacted the healthcare system and its people in ways we could not have imagined. However, Charlevoix Hospital is re-emerging as an organization that remains strong and passionate about our mission. Although we need to celebrate differently this year, we still share our gratitude with both the staff serving our patients now and those who are ready to safely serve patients as we begin to re-open more services.
The gratitude we feel for all of the community’s support and encouragement cannot properly be put into words. The banners. The signs. The cards. The sidewalk chalk art. The food. The donations and supplies to keep our frontline workers safe. It keeps everyone going and is received with heartfelt appreciation. We hope the outpouring of support continues.
Perhaps the most important way you can honor our Healthcare Heroes is by continuing to do the same things that are keeping them safe right now.
Keep washing your hands.
Keep social distancing.
By doing so you are honoring their dedication and sacrifice.
By doing so you are thanking them for the incredible difference they make in the lives of our patients and the community.
You are reassuring them that we will get through this together.
If you would like to learn more about how to support our Healthcare Heroes or important information about COVID-19, please visit munsonhealthcare.org.

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