Baptist Health Floyd establishes Stars and Stripes program for veterans

November 23, 2020

The program recognizes our patients for their service

As a way to express our thanks to the many veterans who served our nation, Baptist Health Floyd has established the Stars and Stripes program.

The Stars and Stripes program recognizes our patients for their service and gives the staff an opportunity to express their heartfelt thanks.  As part of the program, each veteran will be given a Stars and Stripes wrist band anytime they come in for a test, procedure or to be admitted. Upon admission, each veteran will receive a doorframe magnet to be placed outside of their room.

Veterans who pass away at Baptist Health Floyd will receive a final salute. Prior to the patient being taken to the funeral home, the gurney will be covered with an American flag.  An overhead page will announce the final salute giving the staff an opportunity to line up at the Main Entrance as the patient leaves the facility. “Taps” will be played overhead.

“It’s the right thing to do. They have given so much, and we have so many veterans here in the area,” Baptist Health Floyd President Mike Schroyer said. “We just want to honor them because they are a very special part of this community and a very special part of this wonderful country we live in. We need to do more things like this in this country to honor those who have given so much.”

Schroyer brought the program to Baptist Health Floyd after successfully implementing it at his previous hospital, St. Vincent Anderson Northwest Region.

The hospital will also create a reflection garden honoring veterans next year.