McKenzie County Health Care Systems Hospital has been serving the community for 62 years, and some of the hospital staff volunteered to work on Christmas Day for those in need of immediate care.
“You know its just another day for us. That’s the way I look at it,” said Bob Coleman, Radiology Technologist.
Instead of unwrapping presents on Christmas Day, the hospital staff at McKenzie County Healthcare Systems is unwrapping splints and bandages for people who are in need of medical care.
“I’m from Michigan, so I’m a long ways off. I have no family here, so I cover for the people who have family here local,” said Coleman.
Coleman also said that he has volunteered to work Christmas eight of the last 10 years, and sometimes it can get busy.
“Today is probably a little busier than average for a Christmas Day”.
Jessica Holman, who is an RN at McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Hospital, said being there for people in need of emergency care during the holidays is it’s own gift.
“A lot of illnesses. Sometimes with the ice we get the car accidents, Not a lot of ice on the roads right now. That is good. It’s mostly illnesses. Depression around the holidays sometimes”.
Being away from their families on Christmas can still be tough, but the hospital staff said that there is a trick to working a holiday.
“We don’t have kids. We do our Christmas on Christmas Eve. Its just him (Holman’s husband) and me, so we don’t need to be there together on Christmas as well,” said Holman.
During the course of the their 12 hour shift, the staff plays Christmas music and embraces their memories from the past year.
After the new year, the hospital staff will be getting for a great, big, shiny gift. . . a new hospital.
It’s expected to open in the Summer or Fall of 2018.