Circle of Healing
Our values dictate the actions we take to ensure healing experiences for
patients and visitors. Sometimes, unexpectedly, our patients and visitors
give us a healing experience too.
As sponsors of the Tico Warbird Airshow, Parrish Medical Center was honored
to receive a visit from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s
official demonstration team, also known as America’s Ambassadors
in Blue. The purpose of their visit was to spread goodwill to the community
and to lift the spirits of sick patients.
More than 50 patients, visitors and care partners took advantage of the
opportunity to meet the Thunderbirds and get a photo with them in the
hospital atrium. After that, the Thunderbirds visited with patients, mostly
veterans, and their families on the patient units.
Patients spoke with pride about their service experiences and responsibilities.
One patient, an Air Force vet, said being in the service was the best
thing that had ever happened to him. Being in the service allowed him
to see the world, taught him how to build relationships and be a part
of a team, then later it provided him the resources to get an education
through the GI Bill.
The Thunderbirds listened to the stories and shared related experiences.
They thanked each veteran for their service, and explained how their service
paved the way for the men and women serving today.
The Thunderbirds brought a healing experience to our patients and their
families by being present. As one person commented on social media, “Good
job… gives the patients a lift… thanks guys.”