NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Cooley Dickinson Hospital held an event Thursday showing the challenges surrounding the coronavirus pandemic in the last year.
This was a moment of healing for the staff at Cooley Dickinson, reflecting on a year like no other.
Staff got up to share their stories, names of those lost, and shedding a few tears. Stories of preparing for the “tsunami” that struck the hospital. Living through the somber days as they tried to keep up with the wave of COVID-19 patients.
So many spoke out about the strength of the team, banding together. Evelyn Snyder was a patient who spent a month in the hospital. She was intubated for two weeks. Getting up in front of the podium Thursday, she said she is so thankful to be a survivor, reflecting on the moment she finally got to go home.
“And then wheeling me through the door a line of smiling faces as I left the hospital. These acts of endorsement were so powerful and invaluable for the recovery process,” said Snyder.
A year of surviving through this, staff said they were looking forward to the potentially better future.
With more vaccines in arms and hospitalizations down, they said spring brings them hope.
“This commemorative event is to both grieve those we have lost and celebrate the small wins,” says Cooley Dickinson Chief Nursing Officer Angela Belmont, DNP, RN. Those small wins, Belmont adds, surround us today and are a testament to how we continue – more than one year later – to take care of our community amidst the continuing pandemic.
“There were so many challenges this past year,” Belmont says. “We need to celebrate and remember all that our staff did for our patients and for each other.”