September 08, 2020
Methodist Hospital Metropolitan and members of the U.S. Army Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force – 627 (UAMTF ‑ 627) celebrated a successful mission in San Antonio caring for patients with COVID-19 since July.
“The past three months have been busy,” said MAJ Jessica Cassidy, U.S. Army. “It was definitely both a blessing and a challenge for each nurse that serves at the bedside.”
Hospital leaders thanked the Army nurses who joined the frontline healthcare workers in the COVID-19 units for their partnership and service to our community.
“In healthcare, we are in the business of the unexpected, and we train for it regularly. But I think we can all agree that this is a little different. This is not the expected “unexpected” that we typically deal with,” said Greg Seiler, CEO of Methodist Hospital Metropolitan when addressing the Army’s nurses. “It is so comforting to know that there are people like you that are there to support us.”
Nine members of the UAMTF – 627 medical staff from Fort Carson, Colorado, received medals for their service in San Antonio. The staff also presented the hospital with a plaque featuring the Tower of Americas alongside Seattle’s Space Needle, where the unit deployed to before coming to San Antonio.
“Our mission in healthcare is the most noble mission. Our organization exists—these people exist—to save and sustain lives,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jason Hughes, a commander of the UAMTF ‑ 627. “I would also like to thank, you [Methodist Hospital Metropolitan] for allowing us to serve in this organization. I know we all joined the healthcare mission to support and save lives.”