Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly recently issued a statewide “stay home” order, which is an important part of the ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, she cited several reasons, including the need to prevent overburdening the healthcare system, and to buy more time to help secure necessary medical supplies.
At the same time the state’s “stay home” order is in effect, there are more and more examples of support being expressed for healthcare workers who are on the front lines of this battle. That is gratifying and well deserved. Every day, healthcare workers take care of the most vulnerable among us—people who are anxious, people who are scared, people who do not have the resources to pay for their services. We put healthcare workers in often-impossible situations, asking them to do more with less, and then look over their shoulders as they navigate this difficult terrain. In short, we take them for granted on a regular basis.
I hope that as we move forward in this very difficult environment, that attitude vanishes. I hope that we recognize healthcare workers as the best among us—as people who run toward a problem instead of away from it; as people who care for members of their community every hour of every day; as people who prioritize the health of their patients ahead of personal security. At the very least, we owe them that.
Wherever you are, if you agree that healthcare workers deserve our support, there’s a very simple but important way you can express that support. It is a fact that social isolation and distancing will help reduce the spread of the virus and limit the exposure of vulnerable individuals. So please stay home.
President and CEO
Kansas Hospital Association