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The Cleveland Cavaliers player personally thanked our caregivers for their hard work fighting COVID-19.
The Drive to Help is Part of Who We Are
Our nurses and physicians have a drive to care for others.
When we asked our caregivers to voluntary go to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, hundreds of caregivers were eager to help. We selected a group to make the trips. They are all motivated to do all they can.
We’re here for our healthcare community
Meg Dalton, RN, main campus pediatric intensive care unit, empathized with fellow nurses who were overwhelmed, including her friend’s experience.
“She would sit in her car and cry,” says Dalton, who is assisting at Henry Ford. “There were so many patients, she couldn’t help them all. Even though she isn’t a nurse at Henry Ford, I knew I needed to pay it forward. When Cleveland Clinic made this opportunity possible, there was no other option but to give it my all.”
Nursing is a team sport
“Watching fellow healthcare workers struggle pulls at your heartstrings,” says Brent Whitaker, RN, Nurse Manager who is assisting at NewYork-Presbyterian. “I jumped at the opportunity to help. Nursing is a team sport. And we’re on the same team.”
Whitaker says Cleveland Clinic is prepared because of the leadership and strong teamwork, and has been fortunate to not see the surge we have seen in other parts of the world.
“The “team of teams” mentality can spread beyond the walls of Cleveland Clinic to the global healthcare community,” says Whitaker.
As much as nurses and physicians are there for their patients, they are there for each other.
“Even though NewYork-Presbyterian workers aren’t wearing a Cleveland Clinic badge, I respect them as a nurse,” adds Whitaker. “I’ll do whatever I can to help. No assignment is too big or too small.”
Opportunity to learn and teach
“It’s an incredible opportunity to come together with another health system and for us to care at another hospital, says Judy Welsh, MD, who is assisting at NewYork-Presbyterian. ”We will all learn something and meet new people. We may teach something to others.”
Dr. Welsh’s husband, Todd Welsh, MD, is an emergency physician at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. Their 10-year-old daughter is staying with grandparents in Florida.
“I separated from my daughter temporarily so I could do everything in my power to care for other daughters, fathers and loved ones,” says Dr. Welsh. “I have the opportunity to make the most impact and help as many people I can.”
This is what we trained for
“I grew up with parents who were both doctors,” says Chirag Choudhary, MD. “This is what I always wanted to do. This is what we trained for.”
Dr. Choudhary, who is a respiratory physician assisting at NewYork-Presbyterian, says he, like many others, is in a powerful position that our gifts can be used to overcome this pandemic.
Our ability to send caregivers is a testament to our hospital’s preparedness and leadership.
“We work for Cleveland Clinic, but there’s a brotherhood among the hospitals,” he says. “This pandemic has shown the softer side of many of us, and we’re collaborating as one across health systems.”
“What I will remember most is our ability to come together and rise to the challenge.”
Thank you to all who are assisting in New York and Michigan. We wish you a safe journey.