Bay Medical Team Rebuilds Home for Nurse in Need
PANAMA CITY, Florida (December 17, 2019) – Layton Construction has a growing history with Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City, Florida, performing work as the general contractor on several of their projects since 2015. As a staple in Florida’s community, Sacred Heart is dedicated not only to ensuring patient care and well-being by offering a full range of services for patients and their families but to giving back through a multitude of philanthropic efforts. This work has been even more apparent since the city was hit by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
Hurricane Michael devastated thousands of people when the storm hit the Southeastern United States, leaving around 20,000 homeless for weeks after the initial strike. The storm tore through Florida and Cuba ruining homes, knocking down power lines, and uprooting trees—testing resident’s strength and resilience. More than a year later, many are still dealing with the damage caused by the storm, working to put their lives and possessions back together. Destruction remains prevalent throughout the city and rebuilding continues to this day.
In October, employees at Bay Medical Sacred Heart became aware that one their coworkers, who was heavily impacted by the storm, was in need of help. The home of Tina Alliston, a nurse at the hospital, had been completely gutted by the storm. After receiving insurance money to fix the damage, Alliston hired a general contractor to do the repairs. Unfortunately, the contractor delivered nothing but empty promises. After the contractor took the insurance money and disappeared, Alliston was left with just a shell of a home—forcing her and her children to live in bad, sometimes unsafe, conditions. After nearly a year, she had managed to pull together a few couches, a mattress, and a make-shift bathroom to make her home somewhat livable until she could afford the necessary repairs. That's when her coworkers and Layton Construction stepped in.
Through Bay Medical Sacred Heart’s Bay Helping Bay program, which was created to connect Bay Medical associates to resources needed to recover, the Layton team was approached with a request to help rebuild Alliston’s home. Without hesitation, our local team members jumped in to assist Bay Medical and fellow community members with this project.
By providing material and labor for free, Layton employees repaired Alliston’s home by installing new drywall, insulation, flooring, a ridge cap for her roof, and kitchen and bathroom finishes. The team also painted the house. Additionally, community members have volunteered to assist with a multitude of things including cleaning the interior and exterior of the house, moving dirt, mowing the lawn, removing the deck, caulking, assisting in replacing doors, and other activities to help improve the home.
Through the partnership of Layton Construction, Bay Medical Sacred Heart, and the community, the house was fully refurbished for Alliston and her children on November 27—just in time for Thanksgiving.
Project Engineer Daniel Smith expressed how much he enjoyed giving back saying, “Tina is extremely grateful for what we are doing. She could not stop thanking us for helping her get back on her feet after the hurricane—especially knowing how busy we are with the work we are doing at the hospital.” Construction Manager Jim Parker echoed that sentiment. “It feels great to do something for an individual who does so much for other people. Being a nurse is not an easy job and being able to give back to a nurse who lost practically everything is a very rewarding feeling. By helping her, we hope we can show her the true integrity of Layton.”
While the partnership was able to help Alliston, the Panama City community is still in great need. If you would like to help with Hurricane Michael relief efforts, consider donating to organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Hurricane Michael Relief Fund, Florida Urgent Rescue, and others that are accepting any help you can provide.
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Layton Construction is a nationally-ranked commercial contractor with proven experience in virtually every industry, including healthcare, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, distribution, education, office, industrial, detention, tenant improvement and public facilities. We specialize in construction management, design-build construction and general contracting. Headquartered in Utah, Layton also has regional offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho and Tennessee.