Congratulations to Sean Simpson, president and chief executive officer of Broken Arrow Seniors, for being named a 2021 Health Care Hero by The Journal Record.
Simpson will be recognized as a COVID Champion, which honors individuals whose performance over the past year during the pandemic has exemplified their caring service and commitment to the health care field. Awards will be presented at the second annual Health Care Heroes virtual award program at 4 p.m. May 21.
“This recognition is tremendous validation for the difficult decisions my team and the BAS board made to protect our members during the pandemic,” Simpson said. “We relied on an ever-evolving combination of factors, intuition, scientific data and government recommendations to guide the decisions to prioritize the health and safety of our members, their families and the community as a whole.”
Unfortunately, opinions about the pandemic and its related risks have been heavily politicized, playing a significant role in the way information is shared and interpreted. “We understand that the constant change creates anxiety due to the uncertainty of things – especially when it alters how we live, work and play,” Simpson added. “BAS stayed vigilant, paying heed to the science while listening to health care experts.” There is still a long way to go, according to Johnnie Parks, BAS board chair:
“The pandemic has upset many of the daily routines that keep us grounded and comfortable. It creates a lot of change – and people don’t necessarily like change. We are continuing to open BAS and will add programs every month until we are fully open once more.”