In a Rome News Tribune Feature story, Redmond colleagues were among the community healthcare workers highlighted with powerful messages and images. The feature story was designed to give voice to frontline caregivers and share their messages to the community to remain diligent in masking, hand-washing, and social-distancing. and to share their message of hope with the launch of vaccines and the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

Allison, RN - ICU West ("Resilient")

"Since March, I have primarily been designated in our COVID ICU. I want those outside of the hospital to understand how hard we continue to work, but how discouraged we feel when those who are healthy ignore steps to prevent spreading COVID19. We have been watching the numbers increase. The public doesn’t see the inside of an ICU to know what it's REALLY like. Those numbers reported represent someone's mother, father, sibling, spouse, etc... We LIVE it, side by side with our patients, every single day. I have been a bedside nurse a little over 10 years and have never experienced anything as horrible as COVID19 and the toll it takes on patients struggling to breathe. I have held someone’s hand, standing in as a family member who isn’t allowed to visit, while they cry FaceTiming their loved ones. My heart is broken for all of those who know this first hand. I want the public to know how RESILIENT we are as a healthcare team and that we will always fight for our patients. Please, we cannot beg our community enough - know the facts, stay safe, take precautions, and get the vaccine when it’s available for you. PLEASE be resilient with us!"

John Q - CEO ("Excited")

"I’m excited because this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic. The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we’ll put this terrible experience behind us. The sooner we take it, the more lives we’ll save.

I’m excited to see how many of our doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are getting in line and getting vaccinated. They recognize how important this is and appreciate the responsibility they have, and they know the vaccine is safe. I hope others in the community will take it with the same enthusiasm I see among the team herd at Redmond."

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