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An Infusion of Gratitude for Nurses

In recent weeks SEARCH has been showing an Infusion of Gratitude for the Nurses in our local healthcare systems for the work they have been doing in the face of COVID-19. Our appreciation has taken on numerous forms:

  • Newspaper ads

  • Newspaper articles

  • Radio portraits created in partnership with Bruce Ikard of WKYK/WTOE radio as part of "M-Y Health Matters", a weekly look at health care in the mountains, available in the "Close Up" section of

  • A new video testimonial describing one local patient's experience at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

SEARCH member Victoria Hicks wrote a newspaper article that was published in both they Mitchell and Yancey newspapers entitled "Being a nurse in the time of COVID-19".

Four nurses shared their experiences with Bruce Ikard on the radio and are covered in the article:

  • Amber Grindstaff - Nurse at Bakersville and Spruce Pine offices of Mountain Community Health Partnership

  • Christy Duncan - Clinic supervisor for the Toe River Health District

  • Shannon Tipton - Nurse educator for Hospice and Home Care of the Blue Ridge

  • Carrie James - Emergency Room nurse at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

Please view the newspaper ad in which our gratitude for nurses' commitment to our community was expressed. SEARCH member Britt Kauffman designed the ad, which ran in both Mitchell County and Yancey County, and was paid for from funds received from the each counties' Board of Commissioners with support from SEARCH.

Check out this video in which SEARCH Board Member Denise Collier talks to her friend Sharon Thorpe about why Sharon chose to go to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital when she recently had to be hospitalized. Note, in the video they refer to BRRH as Spruce Pine Hospital.

We plan to continue showing our appreciation to other groups of frontline workers that are persevering through the COVID-19 pandemic, so look for more updates soon.

Again Nurses, thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do!

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