Champion of the Month

Special Series: 1) Healthcare Workers & First Responders Share

Apr 9, 2020  |  Web Administrator

In these chal­leng­ing times, the City of Mar­i­on has intro­duced a spe­cial series of Cham­pi­ons. This month, all health­care work­ers and first respon­ders are being rec­og­nized as Cham­pi­ons. From hos­pi­tal and nurs­ing home staff, home health­care providers, emer­gency med­ical tech­ni­cians, police and fire depart­ments and much more…the City of Mar­i­on express­es sin­cere grat­i­tude to all of these pro­fes­sion­als on the front lines dur­ing the COVID-19 cri­sis.

This month, it is my hon­or to rec­og­nize our health­care work­ers and first respon­ders as our City of Mar­i­on Cham­pi­ons. Their tire­less efforts dur­ing this coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic is tru­ly hero­ic. Please join me in thank­ing them for the work they are doing dur­ing this unprece­dent­ed time in our his­to­ry. And please keep our health­care work­ers and first respon­ders in your prayers!” — May­or Jess Alum­baugh, City of Marion

On behalf of MGH, I would like to thank all of our hos­pi­tal physi­cians and staff. Our team mem­bers have faced the addi­tion­al require­ments to per­form their job safe­ly, with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Every­one has pulled togeth­er to ensure we are meet­ing the needs of our patients and the greater com­mu­ni­ty at large. Fac­ing COVID-19 as an orga­ni­za­tion has brought our team mem­bers togeth­er through col­lab­o­ra­tion, edu­ca­tion, skill enhance­ment, and con­tin­u­ous plan­ning efforts. We are so proud of our MGH fam­i­ly and appre­ci­ate the out­pour­ing of sup­port we have received through­out the com­mu­ni­ty. We are in this TOGETH­ER!” — Stephanie Hilton-Siebert, President/​CEO, Mar­i­on Gen­er­al Hospital

MGH Crit­i­cal Care Unit Shift Man­ag­er, Kim­ber­ly Cox, expressed, We have cared for patients with var­ied lev­els of COVID-19. We have had patients who have need­ed our high­est lev­el of sup­port includ­ing ven­ti­la­tion, and they have suc­cess­ful­ly recov­ered. This care has result­ed in addi­tion­al PPE, stress, and risk for the nurs­ing staff. We are very appre­cia­tive of the out­pour­ing of love and sup­port that the com­mu­ni­ty has pro­vid­ed. From meals to prayer vig­ils, to gifts…it has real­ly lift­ed our spir­its dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

We here in Mar­i­on, and indeed in the entire coun­try, are endur­ing an unprece­dent­ed pan­dem­ic with COVID-19. Fac­ing down this dead­ly attack has been our med­ical com­mu­ni­ty and first respon­ders, our doc­tors and nurs­es, para­medics, law-enforce­ment and fire depart­ment. These have been led by an excel­lent team under the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency. I am so proud of how these men and women have sac­ri­ficed their own safe­ty to take care of our com­mu­ni­ty. It is my hon­or to be a sup­port­er of this dec­la­ra­tion nam­ing our health­care com­mu­ni­ty and first respon­ders as Cham­pi­ons in the City of Mar­i­on.” — Wm. David Moore, M.D., Grant Coun­ty Health Officer

We as a Depart­ment are faced with a chal­lenge nev­er before seen at this lev­el. The City of Mar­i­on Fire­fight­ers are doing a fan­tas­tic job at ren­der­ing patient care. We have had to change the way we do busi­ness as a whole. The Fire­fight­ers have adapt­ed well, and I am proud of each and every one of them for stay­ing vig­i­lant in the midst of this sit­u­a­tion. I tru­ly can’t say enough how proud I am of them and the job they are doing to pro­vide the ser­vices we do to the com­mu­ni­ty. I know it takes a toll on them phys­i­cal­ly and men­tal­ly, but again, they have stepped up to the plate with­out hes­i­ta­tion and have per­se­vered.” Chief Paul David, Mar­i­on Fire Department

This is a unique cir­cum­stance we’ve nev­er faced before, but the Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment shows up and serves in every way we can. For exam­ple, in light of birth­day par­ties being paused, a group of offi­cers and fire­men sur­prised a lit­tle boy and made his birth­day spe­cial. They are also assist­ing with the week­ly food distributions…all while respond­ing to the usu­al calls for ser­vice. They remain focused on keep­ing safe­ty and order in all the busi­ness­es whether they are open or closed. Our offi­cers have a heart for their com­mu­ni­ty and a love for their jobs.” Chief Angela Haley, Mar­i­on Police Department