The storm’s impact continued to be felt weeks and months after Hurricane Ian’s departure.
As part of the HCA Healthcare network, colleagues at Fawcett and Englewood experienced firsthand many of the benefits available to them following a natural disaster.
In addition to the emergency supplies, other resources available included:
- Continuation of pay
- Disaster pay
- Emergency PTO cash-in
- Shelter and access to showers in the hospital
- Complementary hotel stays for individuals and families
- Over $400,000 in Hope Fund support for caregivers from Englewood & Fawcett
“I’ve always been a promoter of HCA Healthcare and the services they provide all colleagues,” says Sherri Wetherill, director of cardiopulmonary at HCA Florida Englewood Hospital. “But actually living through it really speaks volumes to how much the resources mean,”
Sherri was out of town when the hurricane made landfall but returned to Florida as soon as it was safe to do so. In a matter of days, she felt ready to return to work. Even while dealing with damage to her own home, Sherri’s heart was with those who needed her. But Sherri too was in need. When the remediation company called her at work a week later, she learned she had two days to remove all belongings from her home and her mother’s house so that repairs could begin.
“All of a sudden, I was overwhelmed with stress, worry, panic and fatigue,” she says.
At that point Sherri decided to use some of the resources she’d been telling others about. She applied for help from the Hope Fund, which allowed her to get the necessities she needed. A referral to counseling services through EAP and a leave of absence enabled Sherri to attend to personal matters.
“I’ve been able to be part of an outpatient program, a support group, which has been very educational and helped me stay focused through the weeks of reconstruction on my house,” Sherri says. “When you get to a time in your life when you need those resources, it’s just wonderful to know it’s there. I strongly encourage anyone who needs it to utilize the services provided by HCA Healthcare, and I’m able to help my own team work through the application processes better now, having done it myself.”