COVID-19 and GME at Riverside Community Hospital
Riverside Community Hospital has a comprehensive evidence-based approach
to the impact of the SARS-CoV2 pandemic that is designed to ensure that
as a resident you will be heard, protected, prepared, supported and cared for.
We hear you.
We have designed multiple ways that clinicians on the ground can provide
important organizational level feedback to the hospital. We want to know
the most important concerns that frontline clinicians, including residents,
have about COVID-19. We value our local experts in infectious disease,
emergency medicine, critical care, pulmonology, and other specialties
and we integrate their input into Riverside Community Hospital’s
response to this difficult challenge. We value the expertise of our physicians
and the decision making at Riverside Community Hospital centers on their input.
We will protect you.
HCA is the largest healthcare corporation in the country and with this
size our ability to obtain necessary PPE far exceeds the average hospital.
We have daily reports that show the days on hand of any necessary PPE.
We have had adequate PPE for all of our resident physicians since the
outbreak. We have face shields, goggles, gloves, masks, and even PAPRs
where appropriate. We are committed to ensuring that your chance of catching
SARS-CoV2 during your time at the hospital is as minimal as we can make
it. We recognize that no resident wants to put their family or significant
others at risk. We want you to focus on learning medicine, not worry about
bringing home a virus to your loved ones. Our employee health department
has a robust drive in testing capability for SARS-CoV2 for our residents
to help determine the need for isolation and quarantine or isolation.
If you need quarantine you will receive your usual salary during the quarantine period.
We will prepare you.
We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic creates a sudden urgent need for
healthcare providers to understand a new illness. We must recognize the
presentation, understand the diagnostic challenge, and watch new and evolving
treatments carefully. Our academic attendings are closely reviewing the
COVID-19 literature and evidence-based recommendations and sharing what
we know with the residents on a near daily basis. Residents play a critical
role in our understanding of this virus helping to pose important questions,
note unusual findings or complications, and contribute to research on
this disease. HCA has one of the largest databases in the world of COVID-19
patients and we are actively studying this virus to make a difference
with each patient we see. We are in this together as healthcare providers.
No one will need to make important decisions alone. Our team at Riverside
Community Hospital will face this virus as a united front.
We will support and care for you.
We understand that this pandemic could create a surge of COVID-19 patients
requiring unusually prolonged or intense patient care. Should this happen
healthcare providers’ personal and family needs may well require
significant support. Our hospital is committed to ensuring that providers
have adequate time for food, drink, and rest during shifts. HCA has provided
hotel lodging for physicians who need to make rapid turnaround between
shifts, were afraid of falling asleep while driving, or were concerned
about exposing family to the virus. Riverside Community Hospital has provided
access to mental health experts for our healthcare providers and supports
our providers with access to multiple psychological first aid resources.
At Riverside Community Hospital we take the COVID-19 pandemic, and your
important role in this historical disease, seriously. While 2020 has brought
a great challenge to the world we know our residents, attendings, nurses,
and other healthcare workers will rise to this challenge. We hope you
can be a part of this remarkable hospital and our story to make a difference
in this challenging time. Our mission, “Above all else, we are committed
to the care and improvement of human life” is as relevant today
as ever. Now is our time. And yours.
This article is based on guidance provided by
Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, JAMA. 2020 Apr 7. Shanafelt, Ripp, Trockel.