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Circle of Healing

  • Author: Air Force Thunderbirds
  • Date Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Category: Care Partner Stories

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.”