SMH Update from CEO David Verinder

Coconut Telegraph

SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY AUG 1, 2020

The Latest COVID Positive Patient Numbers at SMH: The hospital continues to admit a steady stream of patients infected with COVID-19, but the rate of infection has shown signs of leveling off in recent days. Hospital and ICU capacity are improving, and SMH is continuing to perform non-emergency surgeries and procedures.

SMH Employee Health & Wellness: As the pandemic stretches on, SMH is taking additional steps to support staff and prevent burnout and fatigue. In addition to bringing contract staff on board to relieve employees working overtime, the hospital has a team focused on employee wellness. Hospital leaders also announced a special appreciation payment to staff for their diligence and dedication throughout the pandemic (separate news release is attached).

The Community Effort: While the spike in hospitalizations appears to be leveling off, we urge continued diligence by community members to prevent new outbreaks. We ask everyone to wear a mask in public places and to take all proper precautions including hand hygiene, social distancing when possible and staying home when sick to stop the spread of the disease.

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