ORLANDO, Fla. – In response to the Pulse nightclub tragedy on Sunday, June 12, 2016, Orlando Health treated nearly 50 patients.
Now the Orlando Health corporate sign that has become a place of reflection and remembrance for the 49 people who were killed will become part of the collection of the National Pulse Memorial & Museum.
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On Thursday, the sign, which is located on the southwest corner of Oranje Avenue and Miller Street, was dismantled and donated to the onePULSE Foundation.
According to a news release, the plaque will become part of the onePULSE Foundation’s mission to create and support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes, and heritage scholarships that open doors.
“Within our walls, the Orlando Health team has come together to provide medical treatment to the critically injured and to provide support to patients’ family members and loved ones, as well as each other,” said David Strong, president and CEO, Orlando Health. “Beyond our walls the support continued as many gathered at the site around our board. For team members and the community at large, the area has become a memorial place to mourn and reflect. Individuals expressed their emotions by leaving candles, flowers, balloons, teddy bears, messages and other items to remember those whose lives were taken and to help the community grieve and heal.”
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“Orlando Health has been a valued partner to the Pulse-affected community since June 12, 2016, and that commitment has not wavered in supporting us on our journey of healing since,” said Deborah Bowie, executive director of onePULSE Foundation. “This is what they do best and this sign will forever be a reminder of the critical role the Level One Trauma Center team members at Orlando Health ORMC played in responding to the tragedy.”
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Plans are also underway to donate the 49 commemorative pavers that line the Pulse Memorial Garden at Lake Beauty. The pavers, each engraved with the name of someone whose life the tragedy took, will be removed and treated with sealants to be preserved and donated to the onePULSE Foundation.
In July 2016, Orlando Health donated 49 Pulse Tribute Crosses to the Orange County Regional History Center.
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