This has been one of the most challenging years in the history of U.S. health care.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Nanticoke Memorial, the McCready Health Pavilion, our Physician Enterprise, and all other hospitals and health centers across the globe, have spent much of 2020 focused on Covid-19.
While the nation fights through one of the worst pandemics in our history, our focus has never wavered from patient care, protection/support of our staff, and attempting to maintain a degree of normalcy in an otherwise chaotic world.
Unfortunately, given Covid-19, we are unable to hold our National Hospital Week celebration and employee appreciation banquet. It is impossible to socially distance hundreds of people in the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and we postponed the event scheduled for May 14 until later this fall.
We are hopeful to gather then to recognize our dedicated team. In the interim, we are preparing a “virtual” recognition celebrating their years of service and their dedication to our community.
Our theme for 2020’s National Hospital Week is “Heroes Work Here.” They truly do and they have been proving it throughout our Covid-19 journey.
The world at both hospitals has been literally turned upside down, as we increased capacity even converting our conference center into a specialized Intensive Care Unit at PRMC.
We constructed portable triage centers outside our walls, and Covid-19 units inside them.
Each day the front-line staff put the care and safety of their patients first, and never blink.
They are truly amazing and we are proud to support them.
During National Hospital Week, we honor the people who represent and respond to the quality and reliability that our community (and our 8 million visitors) have come to expect from the most experienced healthcare team in the region.
As we celebrate our team, we wish good health and wellness to you and your loved ones during this extraordinary time. We are honored to serve you and to serve with you.
Dr. Steve Leonard is President and CEO of the Peninsula Regional Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center.