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Union Hospital reflects on providing mental health support for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Union Hospital reflects on providing mental health support for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic
Union Hospital reflects on providing mental health support for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

Union Hospital reflects on providing mental health support for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

P-t-s-d during the covid-19 pandemic.

That's according to new research by the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine news 10's dominic miranda checked in on one area hospital.

He joins us now live in our newsroom with more on how they provided support to front line staff.

Providing help to those who have dedicated the past year to helping others.

That was priority number one for union hospital in terre haute.

I spoke with one woman today who was a center piece in that mission.

[take pkg incue: reverend deb moore-hardin outcue: **bite**good about that duration:1:37] reverand deb moore-hardin is a chaplin for paitents, families, and staff at union hospital.

Her main role is to relieve any stress that those individuals are feeling.

It's safe to say... her office has been busier than normal over the past year.

She says the union hospital administration was excellent in supporting health care workers.

She ramped up staff outreach during the heart of the pandemic with weekly emails meant to reflect and inspire.

"it was important to keep morale up for everybody and to let them know that what they do is very imporant every day."

Above all... .

Moore-hardin says workers were most concerned with providing the best possible health care for their patients.

And throughout the past year..

Union hospital staff went above and beyond to do just that.

"it required them to become surrogate families when families could not visit and they were ready and willing to do that and they did that so that the public knows that their loved one indeed was cared for body mind and spirit."

Moore-hardin says she takes great pride in helping frontline workers through this stressful time.

She believes that it's made union hospital stronger....and even better at what they do.

"i think we have grown in just how we do health care because like every hospital, we had to adapt and we had to do it quickly, and they did.

So people have lived into their call in ways that they would not have imagined a year ago and i hope that they feel good about that."

Moore hardin says... it's okay to be honest that..yes..staff are fatigued.

That's why it's importnt to continue working with staff and keep moving forward.

Reporting live in the newsroom i'm dominic miranda news 10

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