Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital staff offer thanks to community

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital staff thanks the community as National Hospital Week begins, May 10 – 17, and a local nurse is honored for National Nurses Day, May 6.

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Padilla shared the thoughts for all MDMH employees that the community is the hero and should be celebrated.

“Our community is heroic, it has sacrificed over these last weeks and months,” Padilla said. “They have stayed at home, they have practiced self-isolation, they have given up travel, they have given up seeing their friends and family, they have had one point-person go to the store for them. They have done so many things that have changed their lives drastically to keep themselves and the community safe, to me that’s heroic.”

Padilla attributes those actions with flattening the curve, giving the hospital time to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients while still caring for the community’s other needs.

“You can call us health care heroes but what we are doing is what we do every day,” she said. “It is our career, we love it, have a passion for it and also sacrifice things for our family, [like time with loved ones,] but the community are our heroes.”

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