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TMH thanks respiratory therapists

Posted at 11:18 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 23:19:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare is praising its 'unsung Heroes of Healthcare.'

"It's been a little bit different, but we're still here fighting," said Suehey Tuckler and Lorraine Nichols, who have a combined 36 years as respiratory therapists.

The two respiratory therapists said they've been working long hours in some of the most challenging times in health care, but that what they do is worth it.

"Things come in waves, and you try to deal with those waves as they come and support each other and lean on each other. It's a lot of work, but it's what we signed up for," said Nichols.

Their work is not going unnoticed by their co-workers.

"If you ask many of my colleagues, I don't know if any of them would be able to set up a ventilator," said Dr. Carlos Campo of TMH.

Dr. Campo, who has been working side by side with some of TMH's behind-the-scenes workers, said their role is vital during a pandemic with a virus that attacks the respiratory system.

"They've had to carry the burden of taking care of the patients in the community," said Campo.