Eisenhower Health installs COVID-19 monument – Community News

Eisenhower Health installs COVID-19 monument

Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage has installed a memorial to mark the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on our community.

“There hasn’t been a global public health crisis of this magnitude in 100 years and I felt compelled to create a monument to ensure we never forget the impact Covid-19 has had on all of us,” said Martin Massiello. , Eisenhower Health’s president and director.

The monument stands on a granite circle around one of the hospital’s five stars. At each of the five points on the star is a triangular metal filler, each representing the hundreds of people who have battled COVID in the hospital, whether they survived or died. The other three fillers represent Eisenhower’s staff, doctors, the community and its generous donors.

Each filler has a star laser cut into the filler, ascending from bottom to top, representing those who have died from Covid-19.

The stars are lit from within, so they can sparkle with hope at night.

An excerpt from Mr Massiello’s message to staff:
‘Take a moment and visit the monument. Spend a few minutes with the fear and anxiety, the uncertainty we have all experienced and finally, the gratitude we all bear for the courage of our employees and doctors, the teamwork we have experienced in the fight against the disease and the hope on a better day for the future. I would like to personally thank you for the care and compassion you give to our patients and each other every day. YOU are the stars who make Eisenhower Health the trusted, quality organization we are to the entire Valley community.”

Carl Enzor, an employee of Eisenhower Health, says, “I’ve always felt valued as a nurse and as an individual. COVID challenged so many people in the last 18+ months. So many of us ask ‘how are we going to let go of this experience and move on’. This new memorial is now a focal point to touch, a tangible memory, a place where we recognize everyone affected by this pandemic and a place where we can all leave the trauma behind and move on to provide the care where we so proud of his offering.”

A public dedication ceremony will take place in 2022.

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