BLACKFOOT, ID – May 10, 2021 – Today, on the front steps of Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot, Jessica Lewis, Bingham County Commissioner, made an official proclamation to honor healthcare workers. Commissioner Lewis’s reading of the proclamation came in the midst of the yearlong battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, in which healthcare workers have played a vital role on the frontlines of that fight. The presentation coincided with National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 9-15).
“National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week are a time to highlight the work of nurses, hospitals, health systems, and healthcare workers for the innovative ways they support the medical needs of community members, especially during the pandemic,” said Jake Erickson, CEO of Bingham Healthcare. “We were so grateful Jessica made this proclamation to lift the spirts of our employees and make them feel proud of the work they’ve done and will continue to do.”
In addition to Jessica, Chairman Whitney Manwaring as well as Commissioner Mark Bair, were also in attendance and had signed the proclamation. Dozens of Bingham Memorial Hospital employees from all departments, members from Bingham’s administration team and Board of Directors, and community members were also in attendance.
“We know how hard healthcare workers already work on a daily basis, 365 days a year,” said Jessica Lewis. “But, on top of that, the way they have risen to the occasion and unwaveringly faced the Covid pandemic to keep our community safe and protected, we wanted to do something to show our support and respect for their actions. It was my honor to be able to present the county’s proclamation this morning to honor the dedication, commitment, and courage of all healthcare workers—locally and worldwide—whose service has saved countless lives.”
“This proclamation couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Carolyn Hansen, chief nursing officer at Bingham Healthcare. “Especially now, more than ever, this really means a lot to our employees. As we’re just finishing up getting as many vaccines into Idahoans as possible, I’m so proud of how much everyone has stepped up and served our community. There are so many people to thank and a lot of people behind the scenes that don’t always get recognized. I hope everyone in the Bingham Healthcare organization feels thanked and appreciated today for their amazing work throughout the past year.”
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WHEREAS, healthcare workers are have fought valiantly on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) that has affected our county, state, and nation this past year; and
WHEREAS, healthcare workers have put themselves in the path of this virus in Bingham County and around the country during this unprecedented crisis; and
WHEREAS, doctors, nurses, public health workers, long-term car providers, hospital workers, respiratory therapists, technicians, laboratory scientists, transporters, EMTs, pharmacists, and supporting staff have cared for the most vulnerable populations in emergency and in-patient care; and
WHEREAS, these devoted individuals have been responsible for providing care in the challenging conditions of danger and uncertainty; and
WHEREAS, our county is grateful for the sacrifices our healthcare workers make every day, and especially through this pandemic; and
WHEREAS, the dedication, commitment, and courage of all healthcare workers, worldwide, deserve our deepest gratitude and admiration, whose service has saved countless lives; and
NOW, THEREFORE, we, Chairman Whitney Manwaring, Mark Bair, and Jessica Lewis, the Commissioners of Bingham County, Idaho, do hereby proclaim Monday, May 10, 2021 through Sunday, May 16, 2021 as
HEALTHCARE WORKER APPRECIATION WEEK
In Bingham County, Idaho, and ask the citizens of our great county to recognize the dedication of all healthcare workers here in our county and throughout the world, for the vital role they play in enhancing and saving lives every day, and especially during this pandemic.
BINGHAM COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Signed: Whitney Manwaring, Chairman; Mark R. Bair, Commissioner; Jessica L. Lewis, Commissioner