Hospital Happenings: December 2016

Thankful for the Caregivers

After working at MMH for many years, I am still truly amazed at what an incredible place a hospital is. Very few businesses can say they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That means, every night, every holiday, and every single weekend someone is here to take care of you.

It isn’t only nurses, and doctors, but radiology, respiratory care, housekeeping, pharmacy, laboratory, dietary, and many others who play a role in making our healthcare services available every day of the year. While you are home with your family on Thanksgiving and Christmas day, our dietary staff is here preparing a beautiful turkey and mashed potato dinner with all the trimmings to help make a patient’s day a little more special. The patient care departments never get a choice of whether or not they’ll work on the holiday; their choice is which holiday they will work. And think about our dedicated physicians who are also available any time, day or night, 365 days a year. They never know if they’ll be awakened for a car accident, chest pain, or a crying baby with an ear infection. The heart catherization staff and physician performed six possible life saving procedures over this past Thanksgiving weekend. There are many more examples of how our physicians and staff give unselfishly of their time and expertise.

Not only are the MMH employees and physicians incredible, but we can’t forget their families and the sacrifices they make. Having mom or dad gone on Christmas morning or being called away in the middle of the Thanksgiving feast is hard. Enjoying a school play or concert with your family and having them paged to the hospital would be disappointing. It takes a special commitment from these families as well. Another group of people deserving praise is the Hospital Board of Directors. These people volunteer their time, energy and expertise to help make the best decisions for our healthcare needs. We all make choices in how we spend our lives, and it’s important to acknowledge and thank these people for their support.

It’s no secret in healthcare that patients respond to the personal touch of caring people. Our staff and physicians have a special gift for reassuring patients in times of great need. Through the trials of making life and death assessments, they remain supportive, kind and compassionate. Our caregivers make decisions every day to put your needs above their own, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to serve you and your family in your time of need.

Leann Tobin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, MMH 240-7344