Dale Medical Center mourns doctor who died from COVID-19


OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Today was a day of remembrance and grief for the community of Dale Medical Center. Family, friends, and staff came out to remember the life of Dr. Thomas Rose.

Doctor Rose passed away Monday, Aug. 4, after a battle with COVID-19.

It was shown that Doctor Rose was not just loved but that he loved his family, his co-workers, and his job.

“Doctor Rose was an unusual man.” Registered Nurse Jeff Rizzo said. “He was smarter and stronger than just about anybody I knew. I’ve been an RN off and on since 1976, and I’ve never worked with a better ER doctor.”

Multiple people were moved to speak about Doctor Rose as a person, doctor, and even to share fond memories.

The doctor’s stepdaughter spoke about the last conversation the doctor had with his wife.

“He said that when I am old, do not pray that I have a recovery, for there is no recovery for a body that is used up and has finished its mission,” Samantha said.

The parking lot was completely full, but all attendees took COVID-19 precautions to still be together but at a distance.

“He was a friend to every one of us and all the people that came into the ER.” Rizzo said. “He will truly be missed. God bless you, Dr. Rose.”

Staff said that the medical center will not be the same.

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