Donor's Generosity Makes Care Packages A Possibility

Peggy Souza was looking for a way to say thank you for the extraordinary care her late husband, Paul, received at Morton Plant Hospital this past summer.  She wanted to do something special for the nurses and team members to “lift their spirits” and thank them for their hard work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

As she was working with Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation to find the right avenue to accomplish her wish, a group of BayCare team leaders were brainstorming ways to express their love and gratitude for all that the patient services team members have done for our patients and community during the pandemic.  This group of spiritual care and team member services settled on the idea of delivering care packages for the team members, but they were looking for the resources to complete the project.

Thanks to Peggy’s generosity, the care packages became a reality. Earlier this year, “COVID-19 Survival Kits” were distributed to approximately 3,700 team members at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease. These care packages included a card with a heartfelt “Blessing Just for You’’, lip balm, protein bar, hard candy, chocolate and Emergen-C.

Our Team Members are taking care of our “normal” patients, who have entrusted their care to us during the pandemic, in addition to caring for patients with COVID-19.  These nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, chaplains, social workers, dietary, environmental teams and many others work tirelessly, day-in, day-out, to ensure all these patients get the high-quality care that we are known for. This has been a long, hard road and a challenging one for our team.

Margie Bowers-Atkinson, System Director of Spiritual Care, remarks, “A project such as this may seem like a small token of appreciation, but we know that the team members are very grateful for such acts of kindness and appreciation. Patient services teams feel supported, appreciated and uplifted.”  

Peggy is very grateful for the care her husband received and the kindness that team members showed her throughout the process. Peggy recalls, “I was really touched by how the nurses always had time to talk with me, because I couldn’t be with Paul.” Peggy recognized the impact of COVID-19 on our team members and wanted to reach out to the nurses and doctors to let them know we appreciate them and they are not forgotten. 

Peggy and her late husband, Paul, chose Belleair when they moved from Washington, DC specifically because of its proximity to Morton Plant Hospital, which had a reputable cardiac program.  She is a member of Donald Roebling Society and Planters.

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