Saying thank you to hospital staff
Snow and ice didn’t hinder a grateful father as he travelled seven and a half hours from New Jersey to present a plaque to employees at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He just had to thank the staff for the care they provided to his child.
“Whatever your role, you really touched my heart,” said the man, who asked that he and his son not be identified. “The staff extended such warmth and hospitality during a very traumatic time in our lives. It’s truly a shining example of humanity.”
His 16-year-old son from Hampton Roads was shot multiple times. Arriving at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the boy was given a ten percent chance of survival. He was treated in the Burn Trauma Unit at the hospital for an extended period of time.
The plaque reads, “Words cannot describe the heartfelt gratitude, appreciation, admiration and respect I have for you. Your professionalism, expertise, kindness and courtesy transformed one of most horrifying situations in my son’s and my life, into one that he was not only able to survive but possibly even thrive. For this I am eternally grateful.”
The names inscribed on the plaque are:
Joe Ordonez, MD; Leonard Weireter, MD; Dr. Byers; Dr. Lee; Darla Grese, RT; Billy Warren, RT; Sheltina Huckabee, RT; Angela Williams, RT; Krista Parks, RT; Pete Lampley, RT; Andy Anderson, RT; Dee Clare, RT; Emily Paulson, RT; Lance Parkman, RT; Phil Zangaglia, RT; Rachel Banks, RN; Katharine Britt, RN; Sonja Chiapetti, RN; Karen Day, RN; Becky Devlin, RN; Echoe Edmond, RN; Stephanie Brant, RN; Stephanie Nevarez, RN; John Grain, RN; Keith Grubbs, RN; Lisa Hart, RN; Sassy Hepp, RN; Amy Beale, RN; Alice Kennedy-Ward, RN; Deinse Kupiec, RN; April Laxson, RN; Candice Melbert, RN; Deidre Richardson, RN; Teddi Sipe, RN; Aaron Sorrell, RN; Joanne Vigenski, RN; Maggie Waite, RN; Holly Stevens, NCP; Charlotte Lukaszeski, NCP; Guest Services staff, Food Services staff and Guest Services staff.