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THANK YOU! A Message from DCMS President, Dr. Sunil Joshi

Monday, October 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Dear Colleagues,

Hurricane Matthew was a destructive force that caused significant damage to much of the waterways here in Northeast Florida. With all of the destruction inflicted by this storm, we actually are quite fortunate that it wasn’t much, much worse. The eye of the hurricane never reached our shore which saved us from an unprecedented storm surge that would have made life even more difficult for all of us today.

From preparation to recovery, Duval and the surrounding counties were fortunate to have a plan to keep our citizens safe. The men and women of the Sheriff’s office, Jacksonville Fire/Rescue, JEA, city and state governments and school boards are to be commended for the strategy put in place.

Once again, however, the unsung heroes of this natural disaster were the physicians of Northeast Florida. Many of our colleagues were not able to be with loved ones as they had the responsibility of staffing urgent care centers, emergency rooms and hospitals all over the region. From treating trauma cases, carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning victims and even those with anxiety attacks, the men and women of the Duval County Medical Society performed admirably as always. Many of our members volunteered to staff the dozen shelters throughout the region as well. It is not a stretch to believe that there may have been many more poor outcomes if the physicians of this community did not serve during this time of need.

We are fortunate to live in a great part of the country, but are even more privileged to have wonderful physician colleagues that make us proud every day.

To all of the dedicated physicians who sacrificed time with their loved ones to keep our region healthy, THANK YOU from the Duval County Medical Society! Your devotion to our profession and patients is without question appreciated!

Thank you,

Sunil Joshi, MD, FACAAI

President, Duval County Medical Society