Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I am writing to tell you why I have worked at Summerville Medical Center for the past 16 years and why I’ll continue to be there. I could say that the money and benefits are good or that the convenience of working near home is great but I want to tell you the real reason. It’s the people I have had the privilege to work with in the emergency room and the people I’ve connected with in other departments.
I’ve watched as my co-workers have revived young children and protected spinal cords so that life may be saved. I’ve watched them cry with the elderly, as they have lost their life long partner. I have witnessed them being patient with the people who have mental illness.
All these things they endure while attending to several other patients at the same time and putting their personal struggles at the door to the emergency room when they clocked in for their shift. These co-workers spend 12 hours or more on their feet, with very little to eat and maybe one bathroom break.
While their desire is to take care of the patients first, there is another demon that haunts over their head called charting. If it isn’t charted, it wasn’t done in the eyes of anyone reading the chart.
Through it all these co-workers that I can rightly call my friends, pay attention to the others that work around us. This was proven by what they did for my children and myself recently. I am a single mother of four children and my kids wanted to go to Disney but money did not make it feasible.
All of my co-workers knew my heart was broken that I couldn’t do it. Without my knowledge, they collected enough money for my kids and myself to go to Disney, stay 3 nights and have spending money! They surprised me with this recently and sent us on our merry way. I could not have asked for a better experience at Disney! My kids were totally taken aback by it all.
This could have never happened if it wasn’t for the wonderful people I work with. Many times people don’t get to see how the staff really are caring people, the ER’s are overcrowded and understaffed, some patients aren’t the kindest but through it all these people I work with care. A lot of times, in order to survive, we put a barrier and go in working mode. The community doesn’t get to see how caring and wonderful these people really are.
The next time you have to come in to Summerville Medical Center, remember that these people are the most wonderful people in the world. I can honestly say that I love my family at Summerville Medical Center.
Danielle F. Williams