Once again this week, we watched in horror as innocent victims lost their lives to senseless violence in Orlando. The AHA, our members and everyone who works in hospitals and health systems extend our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences to the survivors, the victims’ families and the entire Orlando community. In our shared grief, however, we are starkly reminded of our purpose. The first responders and EMTs on the scene were ready to quickly rescue and transport victims from out of harm’s way. Doctors, nurses, technicians and all hospital staff at the nearby Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital stood ready to receive, triage and treat the wounded. For each caregiver, every thought, skill and action was directed to saving lives. We are proud of efforts and moved by their selfless dedication to helping the victims. Without question, every victim—and regardless of insurance status or race, religion, creed, gender identity or sexual orientation--who entered a hospital door that awful night received the best possible care. This is what the women and men who work in America’s hospitals stand ready to do every day and for everyone in their care…and for that, we are all very grateful.  We are always there ready to care and that is what makes our field so special. 

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