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A Job Well Done

Memorial Health CEO Bob Colvin  said no other hospital in Georgia could have done a better job. Memorial Health CEO Bob Colvin said no other hospital in Georgia could have done a better job.
Imperial Sugar CEO John Sheptor finally met the emergency workers. Imperial Sugar CEO John Sheptor finally met the emergency workers.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Could any hospital in Georgia handle the Imperial Sugar explosion any better than our emergency workers did? Many say no. Hands down, our workers did all they could to save the lives of many.

Tuesday Memorial University Medical Center held a cookout for its employees.  It was supposed to be just Memorial folks, but once Imperial Sugar CEO John Sheptor heard about it, he asked if he could come and bring a message from the families.

Sheptor told the crowd, "We have employees that are alive tonight because you did what you do best. There's a good reason why you often see doctors and nurses wearing white, because you are angels among us."

The night of the explosion, those men and women stopped all they were doing to help those in need. They didn't have to wait to be called in; they came in on their own.

As the only level-one trauma hospital in Savannah, they caught the brunt of this tragedy, but their employees responded and Memorial wanted to bring everyone together just to say thanks. 

"This is just a chance to say thank you to all of our employees being here, coming in that night," said senior vice president of administration Hart Williford.

Amber Penfield of Memorial Health said, "We don't think we need this because we were doing our job and we were honored to help."

A thanks that wasn't needed, but highly deserved and one Imperial Sugar CEO Sheptor wanted to be there for. He walked around hugging the necks of those who saved his men and women.

"I know all these people by name only, this is my first chance to meet them in person and those hugs were long overdue," said Sheptor.

Maybe long overdue, but never forgotten.

Memorial Health CEO Bob Colvin said it best, that no one could have asked anything more of his staff. "For the last couple of days, I've said there are only a couple of hospitals in the State of Georgia that could have done this as well as our team. I have revised that; after I thought about it, looked at it, heard all the stories, there is no hospital in the State of Georgia that could have done it as well as this team did."

Memorial took care of 32 patients, flying 17 to the Augusta Burn Centers. The latest report out of Augusta is that right now 15 patients are in critical condition. That's after one of the two in serious slipped back to critical and one died.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

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