A s we continue to fight COVID-19, it has been so encouraging to see the outpouring of support from our community for our incredible staff members here at Jackson Purchase Medical Center. We have always strived to be a place where you choose to come for healthcare, and we take our responsibility as a community leader very seriously.

As our neighbors have come together to do everything possible to slow the spread of this vicious virus amid unprecedented challenges, we have never been prouder to be a part of this community. It is more important than ever that we all continue to take the important steps necessary to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible, including staying home as much as we can, practicing social distancing and following sound medical guidance.

Last week was National Hospital Week, I would ask one more thing of our community, including myself: thank a healthcare hero.

Some moments ask more of us as a society, as a community and as individuals. Moments like those need heroes. From grocery store employees and delivery workers to educators teaching remotely and those keeping our infrastructure and essential services running, this current moment has had no shortage of heroes. And that includes our heroes on the front lines of this crisis — our healthcare workers.

Our healthcare workers are not only a cornerstone of our hospital’s mission of Making Communities Healthier, they are integral members of our community. They are moms and dads. Brothers and sisters. Friends and neighbors. And — today especially — they are heroes, fighting on the front lines to provide compassionate, quality care when it’s needed most.

At JPMC, our heroes care deeply about the patients they serve. They celebrate with them, cry with them, and more than ever before, stand with them. I am continually humbled by how our caregivers show up for our patients and each other, supporting one another during a frightening and often lonely time.

I hope you’ll join me in honoring all our providers and employees working hard to ensure a safe place of care and a healthier community for all of us. You can add your voice to the chorus of appreciation for our community’s healthcare heroes by posting your own message of thanks on your favorite social media, with the hashtag #ThankAHealthCareHero. Let’s show our hometown heroes how much we appreciate their incredible and inspiring efforts to keep us safe.

And thank you again for supporting JPMC and trusting us with your care as we help guide our community through the COVID-19 situation as safely as possible. If, one day, you need our assistance, please know that you will be treated — and loved — like family.

This is a very special place and our people make it so. No one is alone in this, and I know that we will get through this together.

David Anderson is Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield.

David Anderson is Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield.