Editor:


While I applaud the nurses and doctors who are risking their lives on a daily basis while attending to the sufferers of the coronavirus, in the background there are hundreds of workers who make a hospital a functioning apparatus. These are the maintenance and housekeeping crews.


They are in the thick of it as well when they do their jobs every day. Hospitals are a complex operation made up of many systems such as electrical, computer, plumbing and security to name a few. It takes people to keep it running and functioning correctly, and this falls on their shoulders when a piece of a system fails and needs repairs.


Rooms need disinfecting and floors mopped, as well as doors and, yes, cleaning the many toilets and wash stands. When a bed malfunctions, someone has to go to the room and repair it. A fixture needs a new bulb and someone has to replace it, contamination or not. These are the backbone of a hospital and I personally thank these truly unsung heroes.


Mike Kozub, Highland Lakes