The first Friday of March was officially proclaimed "Health care Heroes Day" by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor David Carey. "In our community as a whole health care is a major source of nurturing and compassion as well as being a very important economic engine and literally from our first breath to our last health care providers are the conduit that connect us to life so I felt this was an appropriate time to herald those care providers for the great work they do," Carey told the Dispatch. Carey said he plans to take have a similar event in Homer in a few months for the folks at South Peninsula Hospital. Carey pointed out that while the recent shooting incident pointed out many heroic acts of individuals, health care heroes include those who go unnoticed but carry out consistent acts of heroism on a daily basis.
About 60 health care providers, emergency response personnel, and support staff turned out at Borough Hall last Friday evening for a little cake and coffee and hear the mayor read the official proclamation, "Kahil Gibran wrote in the Prophet that 'Work is love made visible,' and very much we gathered here to appreciate the work health care providers do which is an example of the love they have for their community and each other," said Carey. In his proclamation the Mayor wrote:
"WHEREAS, those who serve in health care have a major responsibility to the well being of our community; and
WHEREAS, health care providers must perform as team members to provide the best care possible; and
WHEREAS, an integral part of the community is represented by the committed individuals who provide health care to others in need with varying circumstances; and
WHEREAS, many times various health care providers provide their services in the background, without recognition; and
WHEREAS, the demand for health care workers is increasing due to the aging of the American population; and
WHEREAS, health care workers endeavor to provide compassionate care to members of the community, friends and family; and
WHEREAS, no measure can be put on the continual education, nurturing and dedication provided to each individual equally.
NOW THEREFORE, I, David R. Carey, Mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, on behalf of all its citizens, do hereby proclaim March 6, 2009 as Health care Heroes Day
To honor all those who have made the decision to selflessly provide necessary services, and immeasurable care to the patients they treat on a daily basis."
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