May 2, 2014

Courageous People

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

Tornadoes from Nebraska to North Carolina leave 39 people dead and countless injured. Six people shot at a Georgia warehouse. Wildfires in California; flash floods in the Gulf Coast and Mid-Atlantic. It’s not the script of a scary movie; it is one spring week’s reality here in the U.S. One silver lining to this tragic cloud: America’s hospitals. The staff of Winston Medical Center in rural Louisville, Miss., worked frantically to keep everyone safe as a tornado collapsed portions of its walls; nearby hospitals quickly mobilized to triage and transport the hospital’s patients and those injured in the storm. Conway Regional Medical Center in Arkansas opened its doors to hundreds of people injured when a tornado made a direct hit in two neighboring towns. Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga., treated the victims of a senseless shooting. This week, we have yet another opportunity to give thanks for, and to, the courageous people of America’s hospitals.


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