Every Snowflake Matters

A visitor to MidState was worried. The snow was piling up fast and furious during the February 2017 snowstorm and she was afraid her car would be buried when she was ready to leave.

She was lucky enough to run into facilities operation manager Don Simonides and express her concern.

He asked his team to find her vehicle and dig it out, alleviating one worry in what was no doubt an already stressful time for her.

It’s just another example of how from the smallest gesture to a heroic response, Hartford HealthCare employees make every moment matter for our patients, visitors and each other every day.

“It’s always a team effort, no matter what we do,” said Simonides.

Lisa Clynes, RN, BSN, RDCS, Cardiodiagnostics department at MidState, said that her and her team were very grateful for the facilities team’s efforts in providing assistance during the storm.

“I cannot thank the crew enough for helping to shovel me and many of the employees here out of the mounds of snow we had during the snow storm,” said Clynes. “One gentleman saw me heading to my car that afternoon. He quickly finished off shoveling one car out and came over to assist me. After he was done, he continued on to the other cars. I’m so appreciative of their help and kindness – such thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed.”

Central Region leaders met periodically during the storm to identify any staff and patient needs. Safety is a core value at Hartford HealthCare and the Central Region staff thanks the Facilities team and Fuda Construction for making every moment matter.