Bellin Hospital sends messages of support to health care workers in Las Vegas

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - A Green Bay hospital is making sure health care professionals in Las Vegas know they are supported in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting. Local 5's Kris Schuller says Bellin Hospital employees are sending thoughts and prayers  to their colleagues out west. 

In the cafeteria of Bellin Hospital - a simple banner fills with warm thoughts.  Messages of support from hospital employees like Ruth Hoffman - for healthcare workers in Las Vegas.

“Because were a family, were a family,” said Hoffman. “I can't imagine what they are going through." 

After an armed gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert goers in that city Sunday night - killing 59 and injuring more then 500 - University Medical Center received many of the victims. Maggie Koch says just thinking  about it makes her cry.

“I'm going to get like emotional about it,” said Koch

Knowing she needed to support her colleagues for their heroic efforts - Koch decided to place this banner in the hospital's cafeteria.

“I've been there, I know how that feels when it feels like the walls are closing in on you and you’re dealing with life and death and it's difficult,” Koch said.

Asking co-workers to offer their thoughts - for medical staff out west -  treating so many now hurt.

“It's a continuing thing for them, day in and day out now.  Just caring for the patients, their family members, they'll need long-term support. Just want them to know we are thinking about them,” said Amy Chilson who signed the banner. 

“I'd really love people just to share, just whatever piece of their heart that they can,” Koch said.

The banner in on display through next week. The goal is to collect as many entries as possible.  The motivation is a need to honor the efforts of University Medical Center staff after the nation's worse mass shooting.

“Just knowing that we're here, we just want to show our support and if we could put our arms around them and give them a hug - we would,” Koch said.


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