Leaders See Fairview Caregivers’ Innovation and Collegiality During Visit to COVID-19 Care Units
Cleveland Clinic caregivers rise to any challenge. To see firsthand the remarkable work taking place throughout the enterprise, Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FAAN, Executive Chief Nursing Officer, and Ed Sabanegh, MD, President, Main Campus and Regional Hospitals, have been visiting COVID-19 care units. On April 10, they spent time with teams at Fairview Hospital.
“The commitment and energy of Fairview caregivers in delivering high quality care to our patients was palpable,” says Hancock. “Equally noticeable is their commitment of teamwork!”
During the visit, they were able to see innovative ways that the Fairview team is combatting COVID-19. This includes airstrip of QT intervals of patients that have been placed on plaque nil to limit the need for EKGs and exposure of our EKG techs. Also, intensivists developed a plastic intubation shield to reduce exposure, explains Neil Smith, DO, President of Fairview.
“The culture and teamwork of Fairview caregivers was visible everywhere,” says Dr. Sabanegh. “From the amazing huddle in the ED to the innovative spirit on the nursing floors and intensive care units, I was so proud. I left inspired and energized.”
“Drs. Sabanegh and Hancock were extremely pleased with the COVID cohorting that is being managed by a collegial combination of Cleveland Clinic hospitalists and private practice primary care providers,” Dr. Smith says. “Everyone really appreciated the visit.”
View photos from the visit below.
Leaders Visit Akron General COVID-19 Care Units
Ed Sabanegh, MD, President, Main Campus and Regional Hospitals, and Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FAAN, Executive Chief Nursing Officer, toured Akron General on April 9.
They visited the 9100 cohort unit, led by Christy Rohm, and the medical intensive care unit (ICU), led by Beth Srock, where they thanked caregivers for their hard work and asked everyone how they were doing. Caregivers shared some positive stories of the support they have received from other units, including offers to work on 9100 so that team could get a break. The ICU team also showed off their “Hero Board,” which includes inspirational pictures and messages.
Dr. Sabanegh and Hancock noted some of the innovations caregivers have developed to help keep themselves and patients safe while still providing the best medical care and preserving personal protective equipment, such as limiting room access. They also toured one of the surge units that is ready for use.
“We were very impressed by the dedication, skill and compassion that were evident throughout Akron General and we appreciated the time everyone took to talk with us,” Dr. Sabanegh says.
“A very high level of engagement, commitment and teamwork was evident throughout all of the units,” Hancock adds.
Dr. Sabanegh and Hancock were accompanied on their tour by Akron General President Brian Harte, MD, Chief Operating Office Steve Abdenour and Chief Nursing Officer Sheila Miller, DNP, RN, MBA, NEA-BC.