On the walls outside the historic Chapel at Tucson Medical Center, hang dozens of paper hearts. Each heart represents a person who battled COVID-19 at TMC and was discharged into the open arms of loved ones.
But there are also other individuals that are etched forever in the hearts of our care team – the doctors, nurses, respiratory care techs, environmental service personnel and more – who worked diligently to save lives and, in the end, lost the battle to the novel coronavirus that has ravaged our country, our state, our community and our hospitals.
While those in our communities have been asked to stay home and wear a light mask, our health care workers have shown up each day with their professional skills put to the test and their compassion called to the forefront. They do this covered in state-of-the-art personal protective equipment that is hot, heavy and cumbersome – but it’s what keeps them safe for their families when they go home and for the patients they’ll see in our hospital.
Earlier this week, the story of the health care heroes at TMC was featured in the Arizona Republic and also published in USA Today. You can read it below.
In the article, Critical Care Nurse Specialist Angie Muzzy explains just how challenging it is to care for these incredibly complex patients. It’s challenging professionally, physically and, notably, emotionally. Angie was encouraged the day the reporter visited because a COVID patient who had been taken off a ventilator the prior day was being discharged from the hospital to a lower level of care.
What can you do to help our brave front-line workers?
• Wear a mask and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
• Stay home unless the activity is essential.
• Wash your hands regularly.
• Take care of your own health care needs so a normally manageable health condition does not become emergent.
While there’s still a lot of uncertainty, we know the importance of adapting to our ever-changing reality. Now, more than ever, our community needs us, and we need you.
People like you have told me they feel helpless to make a difference during the pandemic. While the work of the caregivers and patients is largely isolated in their fight to make the wall of hearts outside our beautiful chapel, you can make a difference by providing financial support today.
To make a donation to Tucson Medical Center and impact the lives of our patients and their families, help expand expedited testing and support our health care heroes, visit our online giving portal or call us at (520) 324-3116.
Thank you for being part of our community. Your generosity is greatly appreciated
Judy Rich, R.N., MSN
President and Chief Executive Officer