This was written and signed by 38 Marshall County physicians.

It is in times like these, as our staff continues on the front-lines of a global pandemic, that we are reminded what the term “community hospital” is all about. It is about being a part of a community who truly cares for each other, and ensuring that quality health care is available and accessible for ourselves and our neighbors even in the face of fear and uncertainty.

We have been overwhelmed by the unquestionable strength and character of our community and encouraged by the outpouring of support we have received.

The messages of gratitude, acts of generosity and words of encouragement are powerful affirmations for our team of dedicated physicians, nurses, clinical and support staff and volunteers.

But this fight is not over yet. In fact, it may have only just begun.

Recently Marshall County set a record high for number of COVID-19 cases and now has the most cases of any Alabama county with fewer than 100,000 people.

Unfortunately with the 4th of July holiday weekend just behind us, this looks like a steadily rising trend, and we are seeing a higher rate of hospitalization for the virus than before at Marshall Medical Centers.

Thankfully, Marshall Medical Centers is not overwhelmed yet in terms of capacity, supplies or morale – in large part thanks to your generous acts and support of the MMC COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

But, many Alabama hospitals cannot say the same. With 82 percent of statewide ICU beds at capacity, health care workers are stressed and need a break from this prolonged assault of COVID-19 cases.

The community is among our most valuable supporters and we are so thankful for your trust and confidence in our organization to respond and care for this community – especially in times of crisis.

Now, we must ask you to help even further. It is up to us, as individuals, to help stop the spread by following these simple practices:

• STAY at home as much as you can;

• AVOID others who have COVID-19;

• KEEP a safe distance from others – at least 6 feet;

• WASH hands often;

• WEAR a mask when out in public and unable to maintain a 6-foot social distance;

• COVER your coughs and sneezes;

• FEEL sick? Visit a local COVID-19 testing site and quarantine yourself until you receive your results.

We are ready to look at this difficult time in the “rearview mirror,” but as we face each day we ask for your continued support of our front-line caregivers.

We express our deepest gratitude to all of you who have encouraged us with donations, kind words, sewing of masks, food and care packages for employees and much more.

If you would like to coordinate a special gesture for our front-line heroes, please contact The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers: 256-571-8026.

As we work to move forward, we find strength in knowing that our community stands behind our team.

Thank you for your continued support. It means so much to all of us in health care. Together, we will get through this.

Gratefully,

Boggess IV, John W, MD

Bray, Maury B., MD

Britt, Stephen L., MD

Chupp, David J, MD

Clifton, Angela L., MD

Clokey, Patricia , MD

Crider, John B, MD

Downes, Thomas W, MD

Driskill, Gregory P., MD 

Driskill, Lisa G., MD 

Ewing, Alicia P, MD

Gannon, Roan S., MD 

Go, Rommel C, MD 

Groves, John R., MD 

Henderson, Stephen B., MD

Hughes, J. Tyler, MD 

Jennings, Michael O., MD 

Kendra, Joseph C, MD 

Manganaris, Christopher S., MD 

Maze, Baron C., MD 

Miller, Tonya R., MD 

Monk, Cynthia L., MD

Pettit, Ryan C, MD 

Pfitzer, Scott H., MD 

Pope, Rachel L., MD 

Proctor, Michael W., MD 

Reed-Johnson, Lezlie T., MD

Saylor, Jeffrey M, MD

Sparks, Victor L., MD

Stewart, Randall K., MD

Storey, Amanda L., MD

Storey, Jonathan A, MD

Taylor, III, Summers W., MD

Thornbury Jr., Melvin D., MD

Vann, R. Andrew, MD

Willis, Alan K., MD 

Wilson, Winter B, DO 

Justice, P. Lance, DO

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