CEO Update | There is help for life’s problems
I have shared with you our growing concerns about mental illness during this pandemic. Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study on mental health. It shows 40% of adults in the United States are reporting issues ranging from substance abuse to suicidal ideation.
Isolation and fear of seeking medical care may continue to extend these issues. Earlier this week, I sent an email to patients reminding them to reach out for help. In our hospitals, caregivers are using empathy and technology to connect patients with their loved ones virtually.
We are equally concerned about your well-being. As always, our Caring for Caregivers team is available to help with any of life’s problems. The service is confidential. Please take good care of yourself and do not hesitate to contact the team. Learn more.
Loneliness and uncertainty have intensified for patients with dementia and their family caregivers. At our Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, we care for many people like Jim and his wife Linda, who shares her story about the crippling side effects of the pandemic.
Our researchers continue to attract grants for studying COVID-19. We are one of four medical centers to receive $100,000 from the American Heart Association for heart and brain health research.
We also announced the appointment of Jae Jung, PhD, as Chair of the Lerner Research Institute’s Department of Cancer Biology. In addition, Dr. Jung will serve as Director of the new Center for Global and Emerging Pathogens Research, which studies public health threats such as SARS-CoV-2.
Registration is open for upcoming guests at Ideas for Tomorrow. This Tuesday, August 18, Brian Grazer, an Academy Award-winning producer, and Executive Chairman of Imagine Entertainment, joins us. Register here.
On August 26, we welcome Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who we have stayed in close contact with throughout the pandemic. Register here.
I leave you with a story about our Hero of the Week. Misty Arabi, a phlebotomist technician at Medina Hospital, came upon a stressful scene at a local restaurant. A group of people surrounded a young man on the ground who had turned blue.
Misty checked the man for a pulse and began CPR. Our Medina Hospital Life Support Team arrived and took over as the man started gasping for air. Misty’s quick and selfless action helped save his life.
“It is not an easy decision to do CPR during a pandemic,” Misty says. “But I don’t feel like I did anything except what is expected of a medical professional who is CPR certified. I’m thankful I was there to help.”
Thank you for your dedication.
Tom Mihaljevic, MD
CEO and President
We are collaborating with American Lung Association on COVID-19 resources for healthcare providers
The American Lung Association and Cleveland Clinic are collaborating to disseminate free, comprehensive resources on COVID-19 care for healthcare providers globally. The resources inform best practices to care for critically ill patients in a variety of clinical settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.