Once again, our healthcare heroes are on the frontlines battling the fourth surge of Covid-19. As of this writing, Sparrow Hospital has an abundance of Covid-19 patients – 77% are unvaccinated. Our healthcare heroes are asked to pick up extra shifts to help cover the increase in demand for hospital services. This same scenario is a repeat of the first, second and third waves of Covid-19.
Local 4911 is extremely thankful for our healthcare heroes – without them, who would care for the citizens of our community during these trying times? I’m witnessing that my heartfelt personal “thank you” to our members is greatly appreciated, but somehow, to me, it doesn’t feel like enough. I admire the fact that our heroes are resilient. They are under insurmountable amounts of stress at Sparrow and yet they persevere throughout every day and every hour they are at work. I deeply admire their stamina, their courage, their dedicated service to the community and I wish to personally thank each one of you. Your union has never been more proud of you.
With the holiday season upon us, please take a moment in your daily life to be grateful. If you have your health, be grateful. If you have blessings bestowed upon you, be grateful. We all choose to live our lives and conduct ourselves in a certain manner which is a reflection of our inner soul. We are all in a “work-in-progress” state as we grow to maturity. We have the option to “tweak” ourselves if we wish to become a better person. January begins a new year - 2022. We all have the opportunity to make a New Year’s resolution to commit to a change.
There are many people and families who may be having a very difficult Holiday season due to many reasons. Financial hardship, a cancer diagnosis, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a place to live are only a few examples. The person next to you may need encouragement from a friend or family member, a helping hand, a donation, a comforting listening ear. You might ask “how can I help you”? In Michigan, calling 2-1-1 is an excellent resource which is used to confidentially connect people to hundreds of health and human services in their own community. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Please find it in your heart to become a personal resource for those in need.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a New Year filled with blessings.