A joint message from our Northeast Ohio health systems

A joint message from our Northeast Ohio health systems

A Message to Our Caregivers,

We’re in this together has been a theme of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, and that is especially true for our caregivers in Northeast Ohio. Our health systems have come together in answering the calling to care in ways never thought possible before.

Whether at the frontline of patient care or in supporting roles, our caregivers are honored as heroes. And deservedly so. Now more than ever, our communities are counting on us for advanced treatments, compassionate care and innovation.

Early during the pandemic, our challenge was to have the beds and equipment for a surge in patients. Now, our critical issue is the health and well-being of our caregivers, who are justifiably fatigued and as susceptible as anyone to acquiring the virus.

As we urge the people in our communities to wear masks, physically distance and wash hands to slow the spread of the virus, we also implore you to increase your personal vigilance. This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the most important thing to do is rethink how you celebrate. COVID-19 most often is transmitted in small social gatherings of family and friends.

Although the weeks ahead will be challenging, there are encouraging reasons for optimism. Vaccines are coming soon, and many of our caregivers will be first in line.

The pandemic has raised the awareness of people to the value of caregivers everywhere. Thank you for your dedication and service. Be safe and be well.

Tom Mihaljevic, MD
CEO and President
Cleveland Clinic

Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE
President and CEO
MetroHealth System

Cliff Megerian, MD
University Hospitals

Janice Murphy, MSN, FACHE
President and CEO
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

This virtual choir video may brighten your week

This virtual choir video may brighten your week

Music therapists from Art + Design have dedicated their time and talent to inspire and encourage fellow caregivers during the pandemic. Watch this brief video to hear their performance of “Don’t Give Up on Me,” a song recorded by Andy Grammer and used with permission from S-Curve records.

As we all deal with COVID-19 fatigue and families face fewer opportunities to spend time together during holidays, these caregivers felt inspired to share some musical motivation.

“We know that many caregivers are tired, stressed, worried and more,” says Debbie Bates, PhD, MT-BC, Music Therapy Manager. “Yet, as healthcare workers, we continue to show up for our patients and each other. We appreciate caregivers’ willingness to do so.”

Music therapists collected approximately 200 pictures and videos from caregivers to incorporate in the video. Bates expresses special thanks to Music Therapist Emily Guthe, MA, MM, MT-BC, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, who used her arranging and production skills to make this video happen.

Update on outpatient and inpatient surgeries for the week of Nov 30

Update on outpatient and inpatient surgeries for the week of Nov 30

For the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6, we will proceed with all outpatient and inpatient surgeries — including essential and nonessential procedures requiring an overnight stay — with the exception of those that require an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) stay.

Please note that nonessential procedures requiring an overnight stay in the ICU during this time period should be postponed.

This is a fluid situation that we will continue to monitor, week by week. This will continue to evolve and as we monitor hospital occupancy and COVID-positive admissions, we will continue to take steps that ensure the safety of patients and caregivers.

Thank you for your support and the work you do to take care of our patients.