Lynchburg health care workers recognized in annual Field of Honor


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — As an Environmental Services Coordinator, Peggy Jones is part of the first line of defense in stopping the coronavirus from spreading.

“It’s been hectic. It’s been hectic. It’s been crazed. It’s difficult when this is the new norm,” she said.

Her job at Lynchburg General Hospital is to keep everything as clean as possible for employees, patients, and families.

“We make sure that we use appropriate sanitizers and disinfectants to clean the surfaces in the hospital. We make sure the floors are clean. Our department also handles the linens, so the clean linen coming in, the scrubs that come in, the dirty linen that goes out.”

Keeping the hospital clean has been especially important this year.

“We’ve had to step up our practices a little bit more. We’re walking through and sanitizing stuff a little more frequently.”

Every year, the Rotary Club in Forest organizes a Field of Honor, with rows and rows of American flags honoring 9/11 first responders, members of the military, and other workers on the front lines.

This year, a new group of heroes is being honored: health care workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

“They’re certainly on the front lines for us,” said Gary Hostutle, Chairperson of the Field of Honor. “They certainly have exposure and people, health care workers have died because of COVID, so we’re certainly going to honor them in the future. This is not a one and done thing.”

Lynchburg General chose Jones to represent the hospital’s frontline workers in the Field of Honor, putting her name on one of hundreds of flags.

“I’m most honored,” said Jones. “It’s a great joy to do anything to represent Lynchburg General.”

While this new normal can be overwhelming, Jones suggests some self-care options.

“A nice long walk, a nice nap, good music, peace and quiet. Peace and quiet, I’m a big fan of peace and quiet.”

The Field of Honor runs through Sept. 11 on Millrace Drive in Forest, just off Graves Mill Road.

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