People say “Thanks” to St. Vincent staff

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Many in the Tri-State continued to show their support tonight for healthcare workers and hospital staff. Since they couldn’t go inside St. Vincent in Evansville because of visitor restrictions, they sent their message from the parking lot.

“I don’t think they expect a thank you all the time but it’s always nice to get that,” said Julie Westmoland.

Westmoland recently retired from St. Vincent. She and her mother are just two of dozens of people who came to say “Thank you” to those working inside.

“I know what nursing is because I did that for 37 years so I know what nursing is and these nurses, they are heroes and just to think what they’re doing every day, I just have a lot of appreciation for them and just wanted to say thank you,” said Westmoland.

However, nurses aren’t the only ones the prayers and “Thank You’s” are meant for.

“I think that everybody who is a healthcare worker is a hero. From the people at registration to the people that clean our rooms and sterilize our equipment, they’re all absolute heroes and they’re coming to work as true professionals everyday,” said St. Vincent President Dan Parod.

Staff from all over the hospital returned the thank you, holding signs and greeting those as they arrived.

“This virus is stressful to all of us. Our staff are coming to work everyday and putting caring for our patients over themselves and any other thing to deliver our mission and they’ve got the same stressors going on in their lives that we all do at home,” said Parod.

“We need everybody that’s for sure. I guess I give the credit to the nurses because I was a nurse but it takes everybody that’s for sure,” said Westmoland.

“It means so much to our staff just to know that the community is behind them and praying for them and has their support,” said Parod.

People plan to show their support once again tomorrow night at Deaconess Midtown at 6 p.m.

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(This story was originally published on April 1, 2020)

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