An Amer­i­can stan­dard

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS / EDITORIALS -

Ok­la­homans are no stranger to disas­ter. From the Ok­la­homa City fed­eral build­ing bomb­ing in April 1995, to mul­ti­ple weather-re­lated tragedies since, peo­ple from all walks of life have learned to come to­gether in times of cri­sis. It’s be­come known as the “Ok­la­homa stan­dard.” Re­cently, it’s been hum­bling to see that com­pas­sion, care and com­mit­ment ar­riv­ing in our state from places far away (“Seek­ing shel­ter,” May 27, p. 14).

Im­me­di­ately af­ter two storm sys­tems swept through Ok­la­homa on May 19 and 20, med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties across the na­tion be­gan call­ing OU Med­i­cal Sys­tem to lend sup­port. Other hos­pi­tals of­fered to help with staffing, sent us food, notes of en­cour­age­ments and other gifts.

For ex­am­ple, hos­pi­tals in the Bos­ton area and in Gran­bury, Texas—both re­cently af­fected by their own tragedies—sent piz­zas and sand­wiches to our down­town hos­pi­tal ERs and ICUs as a way to “pay it for­ward” for the gen­eros­ity and sup­port they felt dur­ing their times of need.

The of­fers of help con­tinue as this is writ­ten. It is with heart­felt ap­pre­ci­a­tion and thanks we give for this new “Amer­i­can stan­dard.”

Charles Spicer Jr., CEO

OU Med­i­cal Sys­tem, Ok­la­homa City

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