Tulsa World Editorial: Damaged Arrow Takes COVID Cash As Metropolis Councilors Shut Eyes To Alert Playing cards Editorial

As the pandemic began, healthcare workers were showered with gift baskets, parades, encouraging street signs and impressive F-16 hospital fly-bys.

However, those expressions of thanks have subsided, and COVID-19 hospitalizations and virus-related deaths continue.

As Jake Henry Jr., President and CEO of Saint Francis Health System, noted, these frontline heroes “are exhausted after wearing personal protective equipment over and over again for a busy 12-hour shift.

“If you get in your car and drive home, you’re really spent,” said Henry. “When they experience exposed apathy in public places – shops, restaurants, and public gatherings – they feel defeated.”

Read more about why we named local health workers Tulsan of the Year.

Pictured above: Frontline worker James Burns, RN, BSN, Saint Francis Health System (left); Tulsa Fire Chief Michael Baker; Head of Prevention, Preparedness and Response for the Tulsa Department of Health Kelly VanBuskirk; Respiratory therapist Brittany Ullrich from Ascension St. John Medical Center; Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department; Kayla Stack, EMSA doctor and recipient of the 2020 Star of Life award; Dr. Guy Sneed, Chief Medical Officer, Hillcrest HealthCare Systems; Nick Coffman, EMSA paramedic; Kelsey Two Bears, a certified medical assistant at the Sapulpa Indian Health Center of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health, stands in front of the Tulsa Central Library.

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