Our Health California

Rising to Meet the Moment

“Men’s and nations’ finest hour consist of those moments when extraordinary challenge is met by extraordinary response.”    Neal A. Maxwell

As the days and nights have blended together over the past couple of weeks during the growing coronavirus threat, there’s one thought that continues to rise in my mind.

It’s this: How fortunate; how very fortunate we are to have our dedicated medical experts and health care workers during this uncertain time.

We don’t yet know how far, how fast, and how hard coronavirus will hit our nation or our state, but what we do know, right now, is that there are professionals we can count on when our backs are against the wall. And those people are working around the clock to prepare for increased surge capacity. Many are taking unprecedented measures to expand their ability to care for our current and anticipated COVID-19 cases, not to mention other urgent health care needs.

Patients — those who are sick or injured — are counting on hospitals, physicians, nurses, and others to be there when they need them most, because their backs are against the wall. And our communities will need to count on their hospitals and these professionals as well in the coming weeks and months.

We are at a moment when each of us, individually, will also be tested.

For all of us, are we following the science and doing our duty on social distancing and home isolation? For our political leaders, are they taking the steps necessary to protect not only the public, but also our vital health care workforce? For our neighbors, are we checking in to see if now-homebound seniors need groceries? Are we avoiding hoarding food and supplies so all can get the things they need?

These days, information is flying at a breakneck pace; policies are changing by the day; and events on the ground are shifting by the hour.

Through all of this, the individual threads that make up California’s health care tapestry are most assuredly standing together, firm in their commitment to protect and care for every person, in every way.

That’s why I’d like to pause for a moment to thank all the health care professionals who are working together, non-stop, to ensure they have Californians’  backs during this trying time. You inspire us with your unwavering dedication to caring for patients and communities under very challenging circumstances.

When we all stick together, collectively, we have the backs of the millions of Californians who are counting on us – health care leaders and care providers – every day. That’s why we do what we do.

To add one thought to Mr. Maxwell’s quote on extraordinary challenge being met by extraordinary response: that response is only possible when extraordinary people are doing it.

Thanks to all the women and men in health care for all the extraordinary work you do to make sure someone has the back of all Californians.