Hospital employees came through in storm
Published 2:30 am Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Carrying buckets of water to the floors, giving medications in the glow of a flashlight and taking in hundreds of people who simply had no where to go… this was what many of Alabama's hospital employees did last week during Hurricane Ivan. Stories of workers who left their families to spend several long nights in the hospital were common. Stories of employees who had to be transported to work by emergency vehicles were nothing out of the ordinary. Babies born during the storm and operations taking place using generators… these activities almost seemed the norm as the storm ravaged the coast and moved inland. But if you ask someone who works at a hospital if these were extraordinary efforts, they would proabably say "no." They'd say it's their job, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We salute Alabama's hospital employees who are called to serve no matter what, and to whom last week's events were just another few days at the office.
J. Michael Horsley
President, Alabama Hospital Association