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Thank You Haywood County

To the Editor:

For the past several weeks, Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has been busy preparing for COVID-19 to reach our community. We have built upon our robust emergency operations plan that we have in place year-round by updating policies, implementing new protocol, educating our staff and working with our community partners. But in all this preparation, HRMC has never been alone.   

Today, I write to share my appreciation to our community. Thank you to the countless individuals and organizations who have generously donated critically important supplies and resources and offered inspiring words of encouragement to our team. In this crisis, the true meaning of community has never been more apparent or appreciated. 

Last week, the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and EMS passed out roses during a shift change to lift the spirits of our hardworking staff. Community members have brought in surgical masks and N95 respirators to add to the resources we’re working to preserve. Local restaurants and businesses have sent food to treat our folks as they work. Many people have donated homemade cloth masks to our hospital and local EMS — an incredible labor of love. And these are just a few of the many examples that exist. 

The outpouring of love and encouragement from our community has been overwhelming, and it makes us so proud to call Haywood County our home. HRMC stands ready to serve you — our neighbors, family and friends. Please continue to keep our community safe and prevent further spread of this disease: 

• Practice social distancing. 

• Wash your hands often. 

• If you must go out in public, wear masks to protect those around you.

• We’re working for you; please stay home for us. 

To learn more about Haywood Regional Medical Center’s COVID-19 preparedness and what you can do to help stay well, visit

Rod Harkleroad