Thank you to our health care heroes
Interim Porter President Tom Thompson wanted to share the letters below to Porter and Helen Porter colleagues with the wider community.
During National Nursing Home Week, we honor and acknowledge the incredible work, commitment and compassion of our Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Staff. They truly are inspiring "Healthcare Heroes" and are caring for our most vulnerable neighbors during this challenging time. We cannot thank them enough, but we want them to know that they are appreciated and valued by our community and by our organization.
During this time of unprecedented change and significant challenges for healthcare providers and the communities we serve, the profound importance of the “Healthcare Heroes” who work here at Porter Medical Center has never been more visible or appreciated by our community or by the leaders of our organization.
Therefore, it is both ironic and unfortunate that this COVID-19 pandemic has also made it impossible for us to celebrate together National Nurses’ Week, National Hospital Week, and National Nursing Home Week this year.
Our annual celebrations, cook-outs, ice cream socials and long-term employee service award events cannot be held this month as in the past. However we do hope to have an opportunity to celebrate together later this summer once we are allowed to gather safely.
These constraints do not diminish the sense of deep gratitude and pride we feel for our Porter healthcare heroes who serve either in clinical roles or in supporting roles to care for our patients and residents and to “improve the health of our community, one person at a time.”
This year our celebrations and recognition of the work you do will be expressed differently — via social media, in our local newspaper and with small gifts and tokens of appreciation which we will make available to our staff over the next two weeks.
What remains the same is our strong desire to say “thank you” for all you do to serve our community — now more than ever.
Tom Thompson, Interim President/COO
Karen Beinhaur, VP Patient Care/CNO
Mary Jane Nottonson, Administrator/HPHRC