Another group of colleagues that have played a crucial role during the pandemic is our respiratory therapists. Amir Beetajian, RRT, a respiratory therapist at Regional Medical Center of San Jose expressed his gratitude to the organization and his colleagues. “I thank you all for your support and understanding,” he says. “I love the atmosphere in our hospital since everyone works as a team and, honestly, I am not scared anymore…Thank you so much and God bless you all.”
In order to provide critically ill patients and their families the opportunity to say goodbye, the team at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas, set up a tent that can be put outside of ICU room windows so family can visit amidst physical limitations.
While care team members made sure the family was comfortable inside the tent, Shelli Couts, RN, CCRN, an ICU nurse, was caring for the patient. “As a leader I was moved to tears watching as Shelli, his nurse that day, worked so hard in collaboration with all staff to provide therapeutic end of life care,” explained Mandy Perrigon, ICU assistant director at Menorah Medical Center. “She played music and spoke to him. She talked to the family and repeatedly let them know she would not leave him alone, holding his hand for them in his final hours.”
The tent has become a remarkable place of faith, togetherness and healing.