Answering the call

This blog and most news stories over the past two days have been consumed by the devastating tornado that hit Joplin.  Please continue to pray for those dealing with the aftermath of the storm, those coordinating and performing search and rescue and those providing care both physically and emotionally to the victims.

I want to share the story of a couple GVMH staff who traveled to Joplin shortly after the storm Sunday to do what they could to help.  I’m not going to share everything they’ve shared with me and I do not mean to embarrass them by this post because they did not “respond to the call” for recognition or accolade.

Dr. Bill Dailey took it upon himself to travel to Joplin and offer his services.  Upon hearing that Dr. Dailey planned to go, Kyle Adkins offered to go with him.  Kyle has no formal medical training but thought that if nothing else, he could assist Dr. Dailey in traveling back and forth.

Dr. Dailey staffed a temporary clinic at Memorial Coliseum for several hours and treated storm victims with minor injuries.  Kyle helped move supplies and he assisted Dr. Dailey when necessary.

Kyle shared this picture of the temporary clinic set up in the gymnasium.

Thank you both for answering the call.   Thank you Dr. Dailey for your devotion to your profession and your compassion.

Kyle also shared the following picture.  The picture is what’s left of a two-story apartment building.  The room you see in the picture is an interior room that became a “door” for residents on the second floor to escape the rubble.  The brick in the foreground of the picture was a brick wall that is now flat and resembles a brick road.

Kyle told me that the reason he took the picture was that he was struck by the room you see.  The building is completely destroyed except for the back wall of the room and in the back wall of the room is a closet and the clothes in the closet are hanging just as if they had been freshly delivered from the dry cleaners.  Kyle said he stopped and talked with the people who lived in the apartment and found out the room was that of a young girl.  You can “click” on the picture for a better view.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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