Lead Nurse Practitioner, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Cooper University Medical Center, Camden, NJ
April 28, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic our team continues to care for our trauma and acute care surgery patients. Our team, as well as everyone within Cooper, has been impacted in one way or another. Our number of COVID patients in South Jersey has been rising, despite part of the state seeing fewer cases. We are also entering our busy trauma season. We have had patients who presented through trauma but were also COVID positive.
Our Medical ICU, CCU and an additional floor we converted to a critical care area are at capacity with COVID patients. Last week our trauma critical care team assumed care for the non-COVID medical ICU patients who were housed in the Trauma ICU. Today our team assumed care for additional medical critical patients housed in the PACU.
Throughout this crisis it has truly brought our team and the entire hospital staff closer together. There is a genuine willingness to help each other.
I think of our Villanova values of Unitas, Veritas and Caritas. Each of these has been exemplified during this pandemic. We love each other and our patients, care for patients and each other in unprecedented ways, and help to educate our community.
I am so thankful and blessed for my Villanova education and Villanova support throughout my career.