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St Michael nurse posts ‘KEEP UP THE FIGHT HEROES’ on garage

St Michael nurse posts ‘KEEP UP THE FIGHT HEROES’ on garage

SILVERDALE — In big blue letters slung over the parking garage railing at St. Michael Medical Center, Kelsay Irby and her daughter, Mecca, had a simple message for hospital workers there. 

“KEEP UP THE FIGHT HEROES,” their letters, posted Tuesday, read. 

Beset by a staffing shortage and a surge of patients suffering from COVID-19, staff at St. Michael, which includes the county’s emergency room and trauma center, is beyond stressed, Irby said. 

She would know. She’s been an ER nurse at St. Michael since January 2020, mere weeks before the global pandemic began. 

“We’re seeing more and more and more sick people with less and less and less resources,” she said in an interview with the Kitsap Sun. 

The sign, however, didn’t last long. Officials at the hospital asked Irby and her daughter to take it down and told her she’d need a permit to hang one. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, which manages the hospital, said in a statement that its policy “is to review and approve all signs before they can be posted and any sign that does not go through this process, even if we fully support the message, will be taken down, as was the case in this instance.”