When Charleston and the vicinity lost its water supply on Jan. 9, area hospitals faced the challenge of tending to thousands of patients with bottled water, which was no easy task. For example, Charleston Area Medical Center's three hospitals use 11,000 gallons of water on a typical weekday.
Disease and car collisions do not stop in a state of emergency.
"Just think about what you do at home," Dan Brown, manager of plant operations at CAMC General told the Daily Mail's Andrea Lannom. "We do that and more at a hospital from washing scrubs that folks use in the ER to linens, sheets and pillows that patients are using in their rooms."
But the toilets still flushed and the staff persevered.
"There's always a certain amount of stress but what you learn is people who work for a hospital are a unique type of people," Brown said. "It's all about the patient."
Americans have focused their attention on the price of health care lately. It should not take a crisis to appreciate the dedication of those who treat our ailments and deliver our babies. Thank you.