In a phone call with nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden expressed gratitude for their work at the hospital amid the COVID19 pandemic. During the call, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden also acknowledged and honored fallen nurse and healthcare hero Mary Meadows. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden sent condolences on behalf of herself and President Joe Biden to all of the nurses at the hospital.
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, who was joined by Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, spoke with each nurse participating in the call individually about the challenges of the pandemic. She also discussed the urgency of the vaccination effort, assured the nurses that West Virginia would not be left behind, and praised them for helping West Virginia lead the way in the area of vaccinations.
Nearly 1,000 nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital formed a Union with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH in November 2019. The nurses work in all areas of the hospital and have been working bravely on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic. Nurses at the hospital ratified their first contract in January 2021, which protects quality care, in addition to wages and benefits.
Several nurses participated in the call:
• Deanna Donahoe, a float pool nurse, has worked at the hospital for 9 years.
• Holly Bragg, an operating room nurse, has worked at the hospital for 7 years.
• Madea McGuire, a NICU nurse, has worked at the hospital for 15 years.
• Cammie Melvin, a surgery center RN, has worked at the hospital for 4 years
• Betty Dillon, a nurse practitioner, has worked at the hospital for 39 years.
• Brenda Martin, a surgery nurse, has worked at the hospital for 18 years.
• Denise Johnson, a mother baby nurse, has worked at the hospital for 7 years.
Mary Meadows was a registered nurse who was a leader in the effort to form a union in 2019. She worked for 37 years at Cabell Huntington Hospital and lost her life due to COVID19 in January 2021. The nurses were grateful for the call and are doing everything they can on behalf of the public in the current crisis.