Acts of Kindness

Extraordinary times bring out extraordinary people. As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, we have been in awe with the outpouring of acts of kindness to our hospital and employees. In recognition of the individuals and organizations who have honored us, we’ve found a way to at least chronicle and recognize their generosity:

  • Karen Nowosielski, Manager of Volunteer Services, shared that our volunteers are thinking of our staff daily and consider every employee at our Hospital the true heroes during this crisis. Karen and her team have been collecting words of encouragement from our volunteers and decided to decorate the gift shop window near to the 2 South elevators with some inspiration for our staff.
  • In an effort to help us grow our stock of personal protective equipment, employees with Joliet Junior College’s Health and Public Services Department gathered and then donated thousands of face masks and other supplies.
  • An EVS employee was greeted with a kind note and words of encouragement from two physicians, thanking her for all she is doing. The employee told us that the inspiration came at the perfect time; she was tired, took an extra shift, and needed the pick me up.
  • An employee shared that while on a grocery store run in her uniform and badge, a woman at the checkout handed her tulips and said “these are for you and they are paid for.”
  • A local family sent some homemade cards that said they can’t imagine what the world would be like without our Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers staff.
  • An employee shared that a neighbor dropped off a few supplies with a note that said, “Thank you for being in the front lines at the Hospital. You and all the healthcare staff are the reason the country isn’t falling apart!”
  • Departments are sending other departments encouraging posters and notes saying, “Sending hugs your way… #socialdistancing.” Patient Access sent “We miss you!” signs to a co-worker who has been ill and unable to work.
  • Staff from ICU, Ambulatory Care, and Education took turns talking to the patient and holding his hand – even sang to him – until his wife was brought to the hospital by staff from Patient Transportation.
  • An employee shared how she is challenging herself to thank other frontline workers (grocery store, gas station, pharmacies, etc).
  • An employee in our 2 South department took some household essentials to the 80 year-old mother of a fellow employee.
  • An employee in our Case Management department who picked up a list and hand-delivered a load of groceries for their department volunteer.
  • Two community members traveled a 60 mile radius to collect additional supplies for us, including masks and gowns.
  • We Care of Grundy County reached out and delivered additional face masks that they had on hand.
  • A local Girl Scout Troop, Jimmy Johns, Pizza Hut and an employee from Endoscopy were busy filling hearts (and stomachs) with food donations for our Security team, the ER department and our Ridge Road Campus.
  • An employee from Administration told us about a fellow employee who stepped up and helped her gather food and other necessities for her son who is deployed.
  • More community members, including First United Methodist Church of Morris, are making sure we continue to be prepared by donating more N95 masks.
  • Chief Tracey Steffes and the Morris Fire Department dropped off 16 cases of refreshments for our Emergency Department staff.
  • The Wilmington VFW dropped off food during two shifts at our Diamond/Coal City Campus.
  • One employee from Administration shared that a friend and colleague gave her household essentials when she was out and couldn’t find what she needed anywhere in the community.
  • We received a $2,000 donation from a Friend of the Hospital, to be used for any needed medical supplies.
  • Another employee shared that while waiting at a stop light, the person in the car next to her noticed her uniform and badge and gave her a thumbs up and smile in acknowledgement of the important work we do.
  • Patient Transportation, Wellness, and Volunteer Services staff helped We Care and Easter Seal’s Jump Start program deliver food and other household essentials to families who are home bound.
  • The Cath Lab staff placed hearts in their window facing the Emergency Department with the message, “In this Together.”
  • A dozen or so decorative stones were found outside the Diagnostic & Rehab Center, hand-painted with words and phrases such as, “Faith,” “Courage,” and “Thank U.”
  • A big envelope arrived from Saratoga School in Morris. Inside was a note from 5th grade teacher Mrs. Bardash, along with letters from her students. We are touched by the wisdom of these local 5th graders. Here are a few of our favorites:
    • “It takes a special person to put themselves at risk for other people.”
    • “I know it has been very busy for you and your family, so to go to work every day to help fight this outbreak is awesome!”
    • “I love how you put everyone before you and make sure everyone is okay.”
    • “We all rely on you to keep us healthy, and you always persevere through tough times and rough viruses and always try your best to keep us healthy.”
    • “You have to believe in yourself that you can do this, cause that is what I do. And you have to be proud of yourself for how far you have come to be a great healthcare worker.”
  • Small Town Theatrics of Coal City dropped off donuts to our Diamond/Coal City Campus.
  • Students at Immaculate Conception School in Morris drew pictures to express their appreciation for our staff.
  • A collection of inspiring artwork, made by students in Mrs. Harseim’s class at The Early Childhood Center in Coal City was sent to our staff in thanks for all they do.
  • A group named Bagels for Bravery delivered bagels to our healthcare workers.

Please feel free to send “Acts of Kindness” you witness or participate in to Hannah Wehrle, Auxiliary & Foundation Officer at hwehrle@morrishospital.org.

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