March 15, 2017
Dear Employees, Medical Staff and Volunteers,
We have officially broken records, and not the type of records our area likes to beat during the month of March. According to WKTV, Utica has received 31.3” of snow, which surpasses the 24 hour snowfall record (Valentine’s Day in 2007 with 26”). Winter Storm Stella will go down in history as the biggest snow storm (just beating the famous blizzard of 1966, which produced 31”). We also know that outlying areas received even more snow.
While many people get the opportunity to stay home during a winter storm, those who work in healthcare know we have to do the opposite. The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) cannot begin to thank our employees, providers and volunteers for all they have done for our patients and residents, and each other, during this time.
Staff has stayed overnight, either sleeping for a few hours on a cot or in an empty room, or has worked all night to care for those who need them. Employees have volunteered to work extra shifts, come in when they weren’t scheduled and even used their four-wheel drive vehicles to pick up their coworkers or get to patients’ homes. From assisting in the Emergency Departments to shoveling the sidewalks, answering phones and staying up all night to keep everyone fed, we are very fortunate to have such an incredible workforce.
Through this emergency, you have truly lived our MVHS values of teamwork, collaboration, quality and safety. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to care for our community during this time of crisis. Together, we make a difference.
Scott H. Perra, FACHE
Mohawk Valley Health System