Editor, Times-Union:

Legendary coach Vince Lombardi said, “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society.”

While the effects brought on by the COVID-19 coronavirus make this current pandemic a healthcare crisis, it is also a test of our ability to collaborate as health care providers and as a community.

As trustees of Lutheran Health Network entities, we could not be more proud – or more thankful – for the courage, dedication and sacrifice of our LHN family. This gratitude extends to our health system colleagues across northeastern Indiana and includes our first responders, police, fire and public health professionals – thank you.  

As our communities prepare for an increase in cases, we have witnessed the benefits of preparation and teamwork. We have seen the different areas of the community come together to formulate responses and actions, considering many scenarios and always with the safety and well-being of the people of this community at the forefront.

We see how hard all of our employees are working together for our patients and their families, for our local community, our nation and beyond.

We will overcome this unprecedented pandemic together because we worked together to conquer this threat. To all who have so bravely served – and are serving – in this battle against COVID-19, we thank you.

Sincerely,

George Babcock, M.D. Board Chair

Bluffton Regional Medical Center

Neil Stalker, M.D., Board Chair

Dukes Memorial Hospital

Robert Severinac, M.D., Board Chair

Dupont Hospital

Ronald Robinson, Board Chair

Kosciusko Community Hospital

Mark Medley, FACHE, Board Chair

Lutheran Hospital

George Koletis, M.D., Board Chair

The Orthopedic Hospital

Jerry Henry, Board Chair

St. Joseph Hospital