SRMC ral­lies to sup­port nurse after tragedy

Hos­pi­tal, mo­tor­cy­cle club give to Bo­ersma fam­ily after hol­i­day house fire

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LOCAL -

PETERS­BURG — There’s never a good time for dis­as­ter. Dur­ing the hol­i­days, tragedies seem to have an even greater sting. On Nov. 27, 2018, a fire de­stroyed the Bo­ersma home, leav­ing South­side Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, or SRMC, emer­gency room nurse Rus­sell Bo­ersma, RN, his wife Theanae and six chil­dren, ages 2-20, dis­placed. But it is dur­ing these times of sad­ness that the Tri-Cities com­mu­nity and staff at SRMC show the great­est strength.

“It was brought to our at­ten­tion they needed help, so we voted and made a do­na­tion of $250,” said Mark Tal­bott with the Red Knights of Vir­ginia Chap­ter 8, Mo­tor­cy­cle Club. The 50 plus mem­ber club makes a point to do an an­nual do­na­tion to a fam­ily in need dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Tal­bott is no stranger to the SRMC ER and knows the ca­ma­raderie be­tween hos­pi­tal staff and first re­spon­ders. He’s cur­rently a cap­tain with South­side Vir­ginia Emer­gency Crew and be­fore that was a Peters­burg fire fighter. This year, the mo­tor­cy­cle club chose Bo­ersma’s fam­ily to help them re­build dur­ing the hol­i­day. The fire not only took the Bo­ersma home but also the Christ­mas presents Rus­sell and his wife bought for their chil­dren.

“He’s very hum­ble and ac­tu­ally didn’t want any help,” said SRMC ER Di­rec­tor Karen Lea, RN, BSN, CEN. “When peo­ple heard about the fire they just wanted to do some­thing.” In ad­di­tion to the do­na­tion from the Red Knights, team mem­bers from de­part­ments across SRMC gave money and gift cards to help the Bo­ers­mas have a merry Christ­mas. This in­cludes SRMC’s op­er­at­ing room staff adopt­ing the fam­ily by pro­vid­ing a do­na­tion for Christ­mas din­ner.

“We’ve been over­whelmed with the sup­port we’ve got­ten from ev­ery­one. Strangers think­ing about our fam­ily and what we’ve gone through means so much,” says Rus­sell Bo­ersma. “It has meant a lot to make a very dif­fi­cult time eas­ier to deal with.”

SRMC is proud to have peo­ple of this mea­sure on their staff and in the sur­round­ing Tri-Cities com­mu­nity and would like to thank them on be­half of their em­ploy­ees and the Bo­ersma fam­ily.


Mark Tal­bott, left, and SRMC ER Di­rec­tor Karen Lea RN, BSN, CEN, right, show their sup­port for Rus­sell Bo­ersma, RN, cen­ter, after a fire con­sumed his fam­ily’s home.

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