Earlier this month an amazing story came out of Panama City Beach, Florida. Two young boys, Noah, 11, and Stephen, 8, got caught in a riptide pulling them out to sea. Their mom, along with other relatives, swam out to save them, but also got caught in the current. Additional swimmers tried to help, but ended up getting caught, too. All told, nine people were caught in the riptide. What happened next is the stuff of legends.
Jessica Simmons and her husband jumped into action and started organizing onlookers to form a human chain. A group of 80 strangers came together to form a human chain spanning more than 100 yards to rescue the family and other stranded swimmers, CNN reported.
This story highlights a mother’s love, but even more, it shows the amazing things a group can accomplish when it comes together for a common goal. Jessica Simmons succinctly captured this idea in a Facebook post:
“To see people from different races and genders come into action to help total strangers is absolutely amazing to see! People who didn’t even know each other went hand in hand in a line into the water to try and reach them. Pause and just imagine that,” she wrote, as quoted in the Washington Post.
Stories like this one warm my soul and are why I love working at Southview. The last couple of weeks we have been challenged with a high patient census and short staffing, which led to patients being held in the Emergency Department for an extended length of time. This patient flow bottleneck demonstrated the same kind of “human chain rescue” by our Southview team.
Southview staff rallied together to help across multiple departments, working in areas outside of their comfort zones. At one point, we had a grandma recovering from surgery on Mother/Baby. We had Post-op helping in the Emergency Department. The Ancillary departments were filling in the care. It warmed my soul and made me proud to be part of Southview! You all delivered amazing, compassion-filled care.
Go Team Southview!