“This was going to be over in three months, six months, 9 months and now it’s a yr later, so we’re nonetheless right here. We’re nonetheless combating this virus. We’re grateful to have vaccine and doing numerous vaccinations,” mentioned Anthony Powers, President of Baptist Well being Corbin, throughout his welcome on the Baptist Well being Corbin Worker Recognition occasion Feb. 3.
The hospital hosted a small ceremony the place Corbin Mayor Suzie Razmus offered the hospital with a Celebration of Heroes Proclamation that acknowledged that Feb. 3 was a Day of Recognition for the Heroes of Baptist Well being Corbin.
“It’s onerous to place into phrases how a lot the Metropolis of Corbin thanks each one in all you which might be giving it your all day after day after day. The sacrifices to your well being – to your personal well being – to your loved ones, the stress stage,” mentioned Razmus. “We will’t be any extra proud that Baptist Well being Corbin represents us in a means statewide – we’re getting recognition – and that’s as a result of each one in all you all which might be right here immediately.”
The proclamation particulars the development of the Coronavirus worldwide and Baptist Well being Corbin’s struggle in opposition to it.
The proclamation ends, “The Metropolis of Corbin want to acknowledge Baptist Well being Corbin on this struggle in opposition to COVID-19 for his or her relentless efforts in testing, vaccinating and offering the very best stage of care to sufferers in our neighborhood who’ve been affected by the virus.”
In the course of the occasion, a pair who each work on the hospital shared their experiences with COVID-19.
“In October, I got here down with COVID and I assume like everybody else I assumed I used to be going to be down for 2 weeks after which again to work once more,” mentioned Rick Russell, who has labored there for about 12 years in Radiology. “I ended up within the CCU and on a vent for 11 or 12 days, and it was a rocky highway for me.”
“Due to the care that I bought from the docs and nurses right here, I’m right here,” mentioned Russell. “I don’t assume I may have gotten higher care anyplace. I’m not simply saying that as a result of I work right here. I actually, actually really feel that means.”
Jo Linda Russell, a nurse in girls’s care at Baptist Well being Corbin, shared her perspective of COVID-19.
“When he [Rick] bought sick, we had been each in quarantine,” mentioned Jo Linda Russell.
“Dropping him off on the ER and never even with the ability to go in there, after which having to return residence on my own and never even my youngsters may very well be round me, it was one of many hardest issues I’ve ever accomplished.”
Jo Linda mentioned she was comforted to know that Rick was being taken care of by employees at Baptist Well being Corbin.
“I felt a peace figuring out that I used to be leaving him right here,” she mentioned. “You don’t know the distinction you make in folks’s lives each single day.”
After returning to work, Jo Linda Russell mentioned she remembers the time her husband was within the hospital.
“After I placed on my N95 and all my stuff to enter my COVID rooms, I preserve that behind my thoughts that I’m taking good care of any person who I’ve to be their household for simply a few days,” mentioned Jo Linda Russell.
Following the Russells, Dr. Christopher Troxell, a hospitalist and the primary doctor on the hospital to be the ‘COVID’ physician, mentioned thanks to the entire nurses and employees.
“I simply need to say thanks all for all that you simply’ve accomplished,” mentioned Troxell. “From a doctor’s stand level we all know that it doesn’t matter what we do, placing orders in, that with out you all finishing up these orders and being on the bedside way over us, that we couldn’t maintain our sufferers. You don’t understand how a lot we admire it.”
“I’m actually pleased with our hospital,” he mentioned. “I can’t say thanks sufficient.”
Nurses and employees had been capable of go to the cafeteria over the span of a number of hours to obtain a particular thanks and a few refreshments.