Impacting Communities Across Michigan
The pandemic has physically and mentally impacted the entire healthcare workforce. Exposure to and contraction of COVID-19 led to hundreds of personnel being placed on leave. As staff physically recover, many more struggle with feelings of stress, grief and loss. Hospitals are working to address these challenges. In the meantime, healthcare heroes across the state continue to report to work every day to care for their patients and their community.
"The loss in revenue we experienced has been great and we, like so many hospital systems, need and depend on the support from the state. While we are not necessarily considered a “hot spot” where we are located, it is state support that will help hospitals and health systems get back on their feet. Our communities depend on us, and, now more than ever, hospitals need to recalibrate and be prepared to survive whatever the next chapter may bring."
-Diane Postler Slattery, PhD, FACHE, President and CEO, MidMichigan Health
"The nurses and staff at the hospital kept a close watch on me and went above and beyond to ensure I was comfortable. To see everyone lined up and down the hallway while I was being released was an amazing feeling."
-Alex Ewing, a 32-year-old Mackinac Island resident who spent three weeks on a ventilator and nearly a month at McLaren Northern Michigan before being discharged.
"I wouldn’t even have known if the hospital was busy or anything else because they got me upstairs so quickly. Everyone was just really on top of things and I could tell they were taking precautions."
-Frank Bono, bone marrow transplant recipient, who received specialized care while hospitalized for five days with COVID-19-related symptoms before being discharged by the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.