In times of tragedy, Texas hospitals serve as a place of refuge, compassion, hope and healing.
Less than a month after 22 lives were senselessly lost in El Paso, our neighbors in West Texas suffered another horrific mass shooting.
These tragedies follow the Fort Hood shootings in 2009 and again in 2014, the police shootings in Dallas in 2016 and the church shooting in Sutherland Springs in 2017.
The first responders, physicians, nurses, health care professionals and hospitals in Texas know all too well the effect of these events.
Texas has a proud heritage and culture of responsible gun ownership. Still, the issue of guns today is polarizing. While positions on guns vary, job one for hospitals does not: providing the best care to protect patients, decrease injury and, most importantly, save lives.
Hospitals’ role in saving lives is a privileged, duty-bound and sacred one.
On behalf of the Texas Hospital Association, I send our deepest gratitude to the health care professionals and hospitals who cared for the survivors of the Midland/Odessa shooting on Sept. 1. I offer prayers to the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
In the days, weeks, months and years to come, Texas hospitals will continue to protect and hold sacred the lives they are privileged to touch.