End of year letter to the editor
The following is an op-ed received from Barry Moss, VP of Operations for Merit Health
As another year comes to an end, I would like to say thank you to the people who keep healthcare moving forward in Mississippi.
Top of mind for me is a thank you to the outstanding staff at our Merit Health hospitals and clinics across the region. These team members deliver safe, quality healthcare, and have continued going above and beyond in this second year of the pandemic. They attend to the ebb and flow of patient surges and adjust to ever-changing guidelines. Delivering care with compassion, they do what needs to be done for their patients and they are heroes every day.
Thank you also to our medical staff. We are blessed to have a breadth of talented primary care and specialty physicians practicing locally. These gifted providers work tirelessly for their patients, and are committed to serving our community. We are privileged to work alongside them.
Emergency medical personnel, nursing homes and assisted living centers, hospice, home health and other local health care organizations play a critical role in the continuum of medical services. We say thank you for all that you do in caring for our community members as well.
Most importantly - thank you to our patients for the trust you place in us. Our team works hard every day for you and your loved ones. You are our focus and you continue to motivate us. It is our privilege to help you get well and live healthier. Thank you for choosing us to be part of your healthcare team.
Barry Moss is the Vice President of Operations for Merit Health.
About Merit Health: Merit Health serves the healthcare needs of residents of Mississippi through its 9 affiliated hospitals. The healthcare system offers a wide array of services including orthopedics, cardiology, women’s health, emergency departments and broad diagnostic medical and surgical services. The network has more than 1,800 licensed beds, more than 2.500 physicians on the combined active medical staffs, more than 3,000 employees, more than 40,000 admissions and more than 250,000 emergency department visits each year.