Conclusion

This event was a disruption to our normal day-to-day operations, but not a disruption in how we care for patients. Because of the collaboration and team effort that our EVS team members contributed across the organization, the ability to provide healthcare to our community was never in jeopardy. The EVS team could not have done their part without a partnership with clinicians and the other departments in the hospital that night. I am so proud of the work they do every day, but I have never seen them work so tirelessly and focused than I did on June 12, 2016. EVS team members who had been assigned to other areas were coming together and asking, “What can I do to help?” The memories of the patients and family members they saw that night and during the months of recovery are forever etched in their minds. Some of these experiences were triggers for reliving personal experiences and losses from their own lives. It is something they would never want to experience again, but if they had to be called to action, they would undoubtedly be able to answer the call and perform.