Departments — 30 April 2020
Help those battling coronavirus | Opinion

By Jeff Jackson

Every nurse, doctor and technician on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic needs our support. Now that personal protective equipment is becoming more accessible, let’s make sure they receive everything needed now in addition to achieving future demands.

In one recent week, there were nurses in Florida forced to bring in their own PPE to hospital and healthcare facilities. Today, with several regions now approaching peaks with COVID-19 cases, all of us may show support for medical professionals. Small salutes are as meaningful as large gestures, so I encourage you to say “thanks” through social media, deliveries of cards or support of hospitals.

On April 7, our First Horizon Foundation provided a “thank you” card, along with the first delivery of 85,000 surgical and N95 masks that we are donating to Boca Raton Regional Hospital through their foundation. Our gestures provide a much-needed appreciation for those who many times we only see when there is a personal health challenge or an emergency. These healthcare professionals place themselves at great risk every day of a crisis.

It’s critical to show an outpouring of support. Medical personnel are on the frontlines of the epidemic and are facing difficult times as they care for our communities, in addition to their own families.

If you or your organization have the means to forward a donation to help a local hospital, please don’t hesitate to connect and help during this difficult period. Certainly, we will get past this unprecedented time and now let’s recognize those who continue to make a difference.

Jeff Jackson is Florida Regional President, First Horizon Bank. First Horizon Foundation is the private charitable foundation of First Horizon National Corporation.

PHOTO: Small salutes are as meaningful as large gestures, so I encourage you to say “thanks” through social media, deliveries of cards or support of hospitals, writes Jeff Jackson Florida Regional President, First Horizon Bank. Though its charity, First Horizon Foundation, it donated 85,000 surgical and N95 masks to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. (ABOVE) Dr. Aryeh Pressah and front line nurses from the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Emergency Department (left) with Jackson (right)

 

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