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