One thing we are able to all be pleased about this Thanksgiving: frontline well being care employees
While many people celebrated Thanksgiving, health workers continued the fight against COVID-19.
BUFFALO, NY – In a time of so much uncertainty and division, there is one thing we can all be grateful for: the health care workers who have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic from the beginning.
While many people even celebrated Thanksgiving with their families virtually, the fight against COVID-19 continued in hospitals in western New York.
What keeps this hospital work going day after day, month after month?
“I think it’s just the mindset of the ICU nurse, the nurse in general, and the type of staff, camaraderie and morale we have there,” said Tim Kline, the medical intensive care division manager at Erie County Medical Center.
Kline told 2 On Your Side that he has worked in intensive care at ECMC for 33 years and has been at the forefront of the pandemic for several months.
“It was one of those things that during the first wave we didn’t really have time to think about it and say, ‘Wow, that’s what we’re really here for.’ We just did it, “said Kline.
He added: “When summer came and the climb slowed down, we had time to think about everything we had achieved, everything we had been through, the measures we had taken to get through this very, very difficult one Challenge, and for me it was like, “Yes, that’s why I chose nursing and intensive care.” “”
However, health workers could still have a long way to go in climbing cases in West New York.
“So far, everyone has done a great job. So far, they’ve done their best, but that’s what we’re concerned about. At some point, the healthcare workforce will reach its limits,” said Dr. Manoj Mammen from Kaleida Health said during a 2 on your town hall page, posted below.
Dr. Mammen added, “I’m still optimistic that we can still flatten the curve and hopefully flatten the ICU uptake and surge by partnering with the public and helping to spread the COVID-19 this winter to reduce.”
Kline said, “Just know that if we get to the other side, we’ll all get through it.”
Kline added that his message to people is to stay the course, wear a mask, and keep social distance if possible.
In conversation, an ECMC spokesman described Klines unity as heroic throughout the pandemic.