As we reflect on the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital created a memorial to honor patients a year after the pandemic started.
"As we pass the one-year anniversary, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered from COVID-19,” said Carmen Bartolotta, VP Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at MBSH. “There are not enough words to express our gratitude to those patients for allowing us to be involved with their care and to our frontline staff for their courage, compassion, and resiliency."
The memorial stands on the lawn near the Emergency Department entrance of Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital in Sullivan, paying tribute to the hundreds of COVID-19 patients cared for at MBSH since the pandemic began. The 255 pinwheels positioned into the ground represent the patients who have recovered and been discharged home as of the one-year anniversary of the first COVID patient at MBSH, while 26 white hearts mark the lives lost.
Additional vaccines continue to become available, providing a sense of hope for returning to some semblance of normalcy. The memorial serves to recognize the toll the pandemic has taken on people’s lives, as well as to honor our community, our patients, and their families.
"No memorial, no matter how beautiful and grand, can encompass all the pain experienced with this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tony Schwarm, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital President. “We hope this remembrance of those who have been so deeply affected will help to bring some measure of comfort in knowing that they are not forgotten.”
The memorial will stand for the next several weeks to honor our local healthcare providers who worked heroically in the fight against COVID-19, those who have recovered and returned home, and those who have tragically lost their lives to the virus. Members of the community are welcome to visit the memorial to reflect on the events of the past year and pay tribute to our friends, families and neighbors who have been impacted by COVID-19.