From Mr. Park and Dr. Ewend - Thank you for your response to our winter weather

Please read a note from Gary L. Park, President of UNC Hospitals, and Dr. Matt Ewend, President of UNC Physicians, thanking everyone for your work during our two recent bouts of winter weather.

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your service during the two bouts of winter weather we experienced in January.

Despite disruptive conditions that lasted for several days with each storm, we are proud to say that UNC Medical Center continued to provide the best possible care for our patients with few interruptions.

Our commitment to the people of North Carolina does not take a snow day – more than 900 of you proved that by sleeping at the hospital to ensure you would be here for our patients. This might have been the largest ever census for ‘Hotel UNC,’ and we are incredibly proud of the way you responded to the situation.

A special thank you to our teams in Nursing, Labs, Periop, Pharmacy, Radiology, Environmental Services, Plant Engineering, Guest Services, Central Distribution, Linen, Patient Equipment Services, Nutrition & Food Services, ISD, Linen, our providers, and many others who arrived early, stayed late, slept at the hospital, or generally did whatever was needed during the winter storm to care for our patients. We greatly appreciate your flexibility, support, and continued focus on our patients and guests.

We also commend the Facilities teams at UNC-Chapel Hill that worked incredibly hard to clear streets and sidewalks across campus during the storm to make it easier for us to come and go.

Thank you again for your continued dedication to our patients and to each other.


- Gary L. Park
  President, UNC Hospitals

- Matt Ewend, MD
  President, UNC Physicians
  Chief Quality and Value Officer, UNC Health Care
  Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, UNC School of Medicine