Memorial Day is a day for remembering the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. The holiday originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. When I was young, it was a weekend spent cleaning up the family cemetery plot and placing flags on my ancestors’ graves who had died in military service during WWI and WWII. In 1999, those ancestors were joined by my younger brother, Bill (USN), who died during the building of the USS O’Kane. I attended the commissioning of that ship with my sister-in-law in Hawaii to accept his certificate as a plank owner. I hope that each of you will spend a few minutes this weekend honoring those who have given their lives for our freedom and protection.
May 26th is National Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to helping children and having fun! Proceeds benefit children and young people in the US and some of the poorest communities in the world. Thanks to those of you who sported a Red Nose here at CNH to help get kids at risk out of poverty.
We are making great progress on the Cyber Café with a target date of June 15th to complete it. We are still awaiting furniture and vending machines but the painting is almost complete. I am excited about opening this great new space for you to relax in during your breaks.
The first storm of the year is in the Atlantic and may impact the east coast of South
Carolina. We have 3 hospitals there that could be impacted so we will watch and be prepared to take any patients they may need to evacuate should the storm strengthen. These storms can sometimes create flooding for us, so it is a good time to review your preparedness as well.
Central Georgia Region 5 EMS for Children will host the 2016 EMS for Children Cookout on Tuesday, May 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the lawn of Coliseum Northside Hospital in Macon. The picnic will include a “hero” meet and greet, games, clowns, music, safety activities, as well as food. Ambulances, firetrucks, SWAT response vehicles and more will be on site. Weather permitting, Air Evac and Air Life Georgia helicopters will land. Families are encouraged to attend this free event. No reservations are required. For more information, call (478) 288-0708. This is another great opportunity to showcase our hospital!
My thanks to the EAG and Marketing for making our Star Wars Cantina and Boba Fett breakfast a great success as we wrap up hospital/staff appreciation month! We have the last two drawings for our employee survey this Friday and grand prize (60” TV and PlayStation) next Tuesday. You still have time to take the survey!
Many of you have significant educational celebrations this week: pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, high school and college graduations. I congratulate each of you as the motivating and driving forces behind the success of your children. Please accept our heartfelt congratulations to each of them on these significant achievements. Well done Moms and Dads!
- Patient K. H. writes – “The night shift – Leslie, Sarah, Lizzie, Jaimie and Tom made me smile and were always cheerful”
- Patient D.S. writes – “I would like to acknowledge Briana and Veronica – they always kept a smile on their face and not once did I feel like I was a burden to them”
- Patient S.D. writes – “Thank you for everything to Stephanie and Sarah, I wasn’t scared one bit”
- Patient L.B. writes – “Clara Parks, good food and well prepared; everything tastes great – keep up the good work, also to Emergency Room – check in process was outstanding (speed, care and professionalism). Diana Fletcher (Volunteer), what a lovely, caring lady … made me feel comfortable and she is very caring. Charlin Preston with Respiratory was super professional”
- Patient P.C. writes – “There is not one thing bad I can say about this hospital. This hospital is outstanding”
Have a safe holiday weekend.