As we reflect on the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, Parkland Health Center created a memorial to honor patients a year after the pandemic started.
"As we pass the one-year anniversary, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered from COVID-19,” said Heather Taliaferro, Chief Nursing Officer and VP Patient Care Services at Parkland Health Center. “There are not enough words to express our gratitude to those patients for allowing us to be involved with their care and to our frontline staff for their courage, compassion, and resiliency."
The memorial stands on the lawn at the main entrance of Parkland Health Center in Farmington, paying tribute to the hundreds of COVID-19 patients cared for at Parkland since the pandemic began. The 653 pinwheels positioned into the ground represent the patients who have recovered and been discharged home as of the memorial’s installation date on April 6, while 43 white hearts mark the lives lost.
Additional vaccines continue to become available, providing a sense of hope for returning to some semblance of normalcy. The memorial serves to recognize the toll the pandemic has taken on people’s lives, as well as to honor our community, our patients, and their families.
"No memorial, no matter how beautiful and grand, can encompass all the pain experienced with this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Scott Kirkley, Parkland Health Center Medical Director. “We hope that this remembrance of those who have been so deeply affected will help to bring some measure of comfort in knowing that they are not forgotten.”
The memorial will stand for the next several weeks to honor our local healthcare providers who worked heroically in the fight against COVID-19, those who have recovered and returned home, and those who have tragically lost their lives to the virus. Members of the community are welcome to visit the memorial to reflect on the events of the past year and pay tribute to our friends, families and neighbors who have been impacted by COVID-19.