An opportunity to express appreciation to the front line personnel combatting the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was held at Medical Center Enterprise Oct. 8.

Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer Greg McGilvray, Chief Nursing Officer Chad McCollough, Mayor William E. Cooper and Enterprise First United Methodist Church Associate Pastor and Director of Youth Services Matthew Jordan each expressed appreciation to all the front line personnel, both in and outside the hospital, who have served tirelessly through the pandemic.

“Today we want to gather to recognize our staff and all those who have tirelessly given of themselves,” said McGilvray. “It’s been a wild couple of years and our staff go above and beyond every single day.”

The support of the public has been amazing, McGilvray added. “We thank Enterprise for the outpouring of love every single day. This is a great place to live.”

McCollough agreed. “Over the last 18 months, we’ve had two pandemics which has basically doubled the amount of patients,” he said, thanking the staff for working extra hours and extra shifts and the community for their support. “It takes a team to take care of patients.”

“To our first responders, a job well done,” said Cooper. “We may be a small city, but we have a big heart.

“Our healthcare workers and first responders deserve our highest praise,” Cooper added. “We all know that we can never truly repay them for all they have done and sacrificed during this pandemic. Showing our support and appreciation is the least we can do.”

5 “These three lead the departments that keep us safe everyday and are our partners in everything that we do,” said MCE Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer Lisa Fenner recognizing Enterprise Police Chief Michael Moore, Enterprise Fire Chief Christopher Davis and Enterprise Emergency Medical Service Director Capt. Anthony Cole. “We could not do what we do without them.”

With lights flashing and sirens sounding, a drive-by parade of ambulances, fire trucks, police cars and other first responder vehicles drove from the Moose Hope gym parking lot to Brunson Street, westward past Medical Center Enterprise, onto Edwards and then Watts Street.

A lunch for the hospital staff and first responders was served after the parade.

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