Although the headlines – and our Facebook page – were filled with news from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, there were still so many triumphs large and small amongst our hospital family. These were the stories that captured your attention in a year we won’t soon forget.
1. An emotional clap out brought tears to the eyes of everyone there. “Today was the happiest day of my life,” said 19-year-old Matt Driscoll. “After 3.5 years of receiving chemotherapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, I finally got my last treatment and got to ring the bell. This could not have been done without my family, friends, and God.”
2. “Adorable I am, yes, hrrmmm.” Babies in the our Boardman Special Care Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital were ready to celebrate #MayThe4th thanks to the Loose Knit Group of Mahoning Valley.
3. Caitlin Brohm wants other parents and caregivers to know what she learned – the importance of keeping newborns away from germs by limiting visitors and keeping them out of public.4. Like other members of the class of 2020, for D’Ayshunah Kind graduation looked different with the COVID-19 pandemic, but that will not stop her from celebrating the major accomplishment. 6. In June, we joined health care workers across the nation for #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives to support positive change and to create an inclusive environment that embraces our diversity.
9. 17-year-old Sidney has known Dr. Chandrakant Patel her whole life. In utero, he diagnosed her with a serious congenital heart defect called double outlet right ventricle (DORV).
10. If you notice a sweet, young chocolate lab prancing through the halls on our Akron campus, there’s a good chance you just met Chase! Handled by Officer Ramona Caley, Chase is an officer in training with our Department of Public Safety.