We are thankful for all our health care heroes. Here’s a summary of shout outs featured in the Daily Updates from May 28-June 3, plus our favorite video from the past week:
Thank you to these and ALL of our awesome UofL Health team members who are doing extraordinary things during this time of crisis:
- Claire is our OP Rehab dept tech/scheduler. Shout out to her for making endless number of phone calls and getting our Outpatient Occupational Therapy/Hand Therapy area up and running and filling up our schedules. She worked numerous hours and even stayed extra hours to get us up and running! Thank you Claire!
- We would like to thank Megan Wade, Emily Flowers, and Kimberly Mitchell for all of their support during this time of chaos in the building. They continue to implement ways to keep our employees and patients safe during COVID-19. Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. We appreciate each one of you and all that you add to UofL Peace Hospital. We are grateful to have you in this building and on our team. Again, thank you!
- I would like to give a Shout-Out to Director Chassidy Bibbs at Mary & Elizabeth Hospital for her hard work and dedication, always showing compassion with service excellence.
- Thank you to Ameer Habeeb, phlebotomist at Mary &Elizabeth Hospital, for making and distributing face shields for more than 90 front line workers in the ER, ICU, Employee Health, and laboratory.
- Shout out to the Healthy Lifestyle Center team. When it was decided that their centers would close to protect the vulnerable cardiopulmonary population they serve the team stepped up in a big way manning the screening stations at Mary & Elizabeth. Although the screening process was constantly updated they worked tirelessly to keep patients and staff safe. They also spent time connecting with their patients via phone providing advice on how to continue to get medications & essentials safely, risk factor education and when to seek care whether for COVID-19 or chronic medical condition. Once it was decided they would reopen they spent time cleaning , rearranging exercise equipment for social distancing and thoroughly planning out every step of the patient experience. I am so proud of the team and the patients who stayed to committed to their health care plan.
- I want to acknowledge the staff in the entire lab. As the world watches the front lines, the director, all the way down to the phlebotomists, have been putting in some long and very stressful days. Everyone is pitching in to help each other out as testing starts to flow to the lab. Our phlebotomists are on the front line and visit our patients multiple times a day, always with a smile . . . behind their mask. The lab is honored to serve our community.
- Shout out to Alicia Gunn at Peace! Alicia has been busier than ever…from organizing food donations & taking photos to volunteering for temp checks at the main entrance – all in addition to her “day job!” And she does all of this with a smile on her face, gratitude and lots and lots of patience. Thank you Alicia for taking care of all of us at Peace Hospital!
- A tremendous amount of respect and appreciation goes out to UofL House Manager Teri O’Bryan. When an external disaster occurred she did not hesitate to rush in to come and help her coworkers out. Coworkers and leaders like her make you proud and appreciative to work at the U. If more people showed her selflessness, care, teamwork and passion we would all be the better for it. Thank you Teri!!
- Our manager, Susi Gillis, LEADS 5 primary care offices with such grace and kindness. It seems that she works day and night to keep us all informed, calm and assured that we WILL get through this!! Susi is exactly who we all need to be in a time like this! We are blessed to have her leading us daily. Not only is she an amazing manager, she is a mom and a wife, too!! Every office needs a SUSI!! THANK YOU, Susi for always loving and leading us well!
- I want to give a shout out to the Phlebotomy teams at all locations. They are front line staff who are consistently showing up to collect lab specimens day after day. While Lab is often behind the scenes, the phlebotomy team is front and center- the face of the laboratory if you will. The phlebotomy staff have risen to the challenge during this crisis, not shying away from performing their job and serving our patients by assuring their lab specimens are collected in a timely and safe manner. They are truly “Unseen Healthcare Heroes” Thank you for a job well done.
- I want to give a shout out to the Microbiology Lab Staff at University Hospital. They have worked tirelessly to bring in-house COVID-19 testing to U of L. Thru the logistics of obtaining test kits, needed supplies, validation of new methodologies this staff has remained dedicated and passionate about their work. Thank you for all you have done for our Hospital and Community!
- Joey Thode has been a tremendous asset to us in our responses over the last few months. His military police knowledge, skills, and experience has been truly amazing. He has been awesome to work with! The staff have felt safe and protected with both you and Joey watching out for us!
Are you seeing co-workers turn into health care heroes during this time of crisis? Give them a “shout out” so we can all recognize their extraordinary actions. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, department and how they are making a difference. Be sure to note “Shout Out” in the subject line.