Deaconess Hospital is providing a unique opportunity for survivors of COVID-19 to reconnect and thank their caretakers.
Nearly 3,000 COVID-19 patients walked through Deaconess Hospital’s doors. Now, those patients and their loved ones are getting invited back to reconnect with staff and share their unique experiences with one another.
For months hospitalized patients with COVID-19 weren’t able to have visitors or see family. In those uncertain times, hospital staff became the patient’s support system and stepped in as their family until they were able to see their loved ones again.
That’s where organizers say the idea for the reunion came from. Deaconess staff wanted to find a way to reconnect with former COVID-19 patients and meet the families of those they helped and those who passed.
Dr. James Porter, President of Deaconess Health System told 44News, “Having the opportunity now to, under safer conditions, be able to reunite. In some cases, mourn. In some cases, celebrate and just really be able to heal. We think it's a wonderful opportunity and we're happy to be able to offer it.”
Organizers also say it’s events like these that help healthcare workers remember why they do what they do. “People called to careers in healthcare do it primarily because they want to help people. So, being able to see the fruits of that labor, to see the people who have recovered, to meet the families of those that they cared for. It means everything. It really is what brings meaning to the work and helps people feel fulfilled in healthcare careers,” Dr. Porter said.
In order to properly follow current CDC guidelines and keep the event safe, participants are required to be vaccinated.
Patients and family members are also being asked to register in advance to help monitor the crowd size. They are also being encouraged to wear a name tag to help them easily connect with staff who cared for them or their loved ones.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, July 25 and locations will vary depending on where the patient was treated. Patients from Deaconess Midtown or Gateway Hospitals will meet at Bosse Field inside Garvin Park from 1-3 p.m. Those who received treatment at Deaconess Henderson will meet in the hospital’s lower parking lot from 4-5 p.m.
Organizers say details about the event and what participants should expect will be a surprise for now. However, we’re told there is a lot to look forward to.
More information about the event, or to register, can be found at www.deaconess.com/covidreunion. Patients or family can also register by calling 812-450-7000.