How I Heard

I woke up around 7:00 on that Sunday morning after a deep sleep and realized that my phone had seven text messages and four voicemails, one of which was our hospital president.  I turned on the TV to see that every channel was inundated with “Breaking News.” The visual was of a familiar stretch of Orange Avenue surrounded by an unfamiliar addition of barricades, media trucks and first responder vehicles. I was in shock at first, then immediately went into working mode. I called to see who already was set up in the Incident Command Center at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) and then realized that this shift was going to need a break both mentally and physically. So, I started planning to cover the evening relief shift of the Incident Command team and arrived to the hospital early that afternoon.