ODESSA, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – Through out this pandemic front line workers at Odessa Regional Medical Center have worked non stop to care for patients in their COVID-19 units. Now reaching capacity, the hospital is now needing more health care workers, but they are still struggling with something else.
” Our employee moral is just down right now, everyone is really exhausted, they’re burnt out, ” said Madison Tate, Marketing Director for ORMC. “The last thing that they want to see at the end of the day is these negative comments from the community members and so it’ been very hard for them.”
ORMC is looking to combat all the negativity by launching a web page allowing the community to send messages of support directly to front-line workers. Christina Kulbaga, Clinical Coordinator at ORMC, said any word of kindness during this difficult time makes all the difference.
“Just having a pat on the back and just saying thanks for being there, thanks for doing your job and just loving on us, it just means everything, ” Kulbaga said. ” I think it’s just going to boost moral, and anything to be kind is just awesome in my book.”
Kulbaga said the most difficult part for front line workers like her is not letting families of COVID patients visit their loved ones. But another thing that lifts her spirit, is when those same family members share their gratitude.
“Just sharing those kind words, those words of affirmation to us, it means so much.” Kulbaga said. ” Because we can go home and think what if that patient doesn’t make it home to that mom or that husband and we were the ones that said we couldn’t be here, and just to hear the positive words back to us it means a lot to us.”
And as we continue to battle this pandemic, Elena Dobson, a nurse at ORMC, hopes the community will rally around healthcare workers like her.
” We know that your going through a hard time, we’re going through a hard time too,” Dobson said. “We’re in this fight with you and just hang in there, we’re hanging in there and we’re going to this, we can to this together.”
If you would live to send a supportive message to ORMC staff, you can sent it through the hospital’s newly launched webpage.