Dear Editor:

On behalf of our patients, employees and providers, we want to thank all of you for your efforts in keeping our communities safe.

Your use of science-based methods, including wearing face masks, social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and quarantining when necessary, make an absolute difference in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

 We also thank our employees and providers for their innovation and flexibility.

Their dedication in going beyond their traditional roles has been extraordinary, covering needs throughout the hospital as we see record demand for health care.

From working long shifts with incredibly complex patients to diligently trying to meet the record demand in clinical services, our team continues to rise to the occasion. 

 Despite all that we are doing, we anticipate that our pandemic cases will continue to increase as cold weather, more indoor activities and holiday gatherings happen

 We ask that you be even more diligent with social distancing, wearing face masks and practicing good hand hygiene during this most critical time. 

We know everyone misses family and friends, are experiencing fatigue and long for a return to normal; our hearts ache for the patients struggling, distressed families and health care staff working around the clock. 

Please, do not let your guard down. We are making headway. We and our community need your help now, more than ever.

 We are all in this together. Please continue to take care of yourselves, support one another and mask up to safeguard our family, friends and communities.

Thank you.


Jac McTaggart

Senior director medical center,

Sanford Hillsboro

Charles Breen

Chief of medical staff and clinic chair, Sanford Hillsboro

Justin Stromm

Senior director clinic

Sanford Hillsboro