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A special tribute to medical staff was the homage on Nurses Day at the University Hospital of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
The nurses who worked on the front lines of the COVID-19 epicenter in New York were invited to lunch and received mask and face protection donations thanks to a joint effort by the Barbados Consulate in New York and three Barbadian school associations.
The participating associations were alumni from three schools in Barbados, the St. George Secondary Old Scholars Association International; Daryll Jordan High School New York Chapter Alumni; and Combermere Alumni Association, New York.
According to the Barbados Consulate, the presentation was a salute to the work the nurses did during the COVID-19 pandemic and, in particular, efforts to save the life of barbadian Jasper ‘Bop’ Hewitt, who had been in Downstate more than a month before he showed up for a fanfare two weeks ago.
By the way, Hewitt is now in his 32nd year of employment in the same hospital that saved him.
Barbados Consul General in New York, Mackie Holder, praised the nurses for their superlative work during the pandemic.
Holder Cooper, a Jamaican woman who went above and beyond in caring for Hewitt, was given special mention.
“One of the best … things that got out of the current coronavirus situation was that the everyday heroes, especially the nurses, were finally recognized for their daily work, whether pandemic or not, and he hoped the focus on them would continue and you will be given the conditions you deserve, ”commented Holder.
Letters were also sent to Downstate’s interim CEO, Patricia Winston, recognizing the contributions of all of the hospital’s health care workers.
Barbados School alumni presidents also spoke at the presentation.
Downstate was also a designated COVID-19 center when the onslaught of the virus overwhelmed all institutions.