Over the past year, nurses have been at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19. They led the way in our testing efforts, cared for patients in the ICU, and are now getting as many people vaccinated as we can to stop this virus once and for all.
This week, National Nurses Week, is a time to show our collective gratitude and appreciation to all those healthcare heroes who served us so well in the past year.
To honor some local nurses who have been leading vaccination efforts in one of our underserved communities, I visited the vaccination site at Edward Waters College
operated by Agape Family Health
this morning to thank them.
Jacksonville is a city with a large and thriving medical community with one in six jobs being in the healthcare industry. Very few places in the world can claim to be home to the prestigious Mayo Clinic and an M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, we have more than 20 high-profile healthcare facilities, including UF Health, Baptist, St. Vincent’s, Memorial, Brooks Rehabilitation and more. And we are leaders in cutting edge technology, research, and medical innovations.
This success is attributable to the more than 90,000 skilled professionals in the medical industry that call Jacksonville their home. And we are stronger for it both in pandemics and out.
So, again, to all the nurses in Jacksonville: Thank you for exemplary service to the people of our community. Thank you for your compassion, generosity, dedication, and professionalism. We are grateful for your service.