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Olivia Decker

Heroes, right here.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life, and are right here in our communities, tackling one of the greatest challenges modern healthcare has ever faced. Read, watch and listen to their stories.

The phlebotomist who, after a long shift at the hospital, spends her free time cooking and delivering hot meals to seniors and truck drivers. A physical therapy assistant plucked from her normal duties and redeployed to screen her friends and neighbors in a tent outside the ER. The environmental services workers who sanitize, disinfect and deep-clean our hospitals and clinics, putting their own health at risk in the process.

We’re surrounded every day by heroes.

Whether you’re locked down in a self-quarantine, you’re directly caring for friends and family or you’re out there on the front lines screening and educating our communities — we’re all connected at this moment in history. Together, we move through these unsettling and unprecedented times — and together, we will come out stronger on the other side.

In honor of those working tirelessly to get us through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re sharing the stories of our heroes and the incredible work they do. 
Here are a few — among the countless we’re surrounded by — who work endlessly inside and outside our hospitals’ walls bringing hope and better health to our communities. Each and every day.
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Patrick Naughton

Keeping the hospital clean during a pandemic

Patrick Naughton shares his experience as a team lead for EVS — the team responsible for keeping every square inch of Geisinger clean.

Geisinger employee using life saving innovation

Life-saving innovation at lightning speed

What do a nurse anesthetist, a carpenter and a polycarbonate box have in common? They’re all part of a project to protect providers and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Janet Tomcavage

A home quarantine after traveling abroad

When chief nursing executive Janet Tomcavage returned from Ireland, she was greeted by a public health crisis. She shares her experience. 

Pragya Dhaubhadel

Long live heroes: Life in self-quarantine

They’re specialty-trained in the very thing keeping them apart from everyone else. Two infectious diseases specialists exposed to COVID-19 share their 14 days in self-quarantine, including how they kept their families safe.

Shahida Fareed

Telemedicine. Helping us keep it together while we’re apart.

To help her patients feel more connected even though they’re isolated at home, one clinical psychologist has developed a behavioral activation program with the help of telemedicine.

Amelia Mackarey

Starting a medical residency during a global pandemic

Recent Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine graduate Amelia Mackarey, MD, prepares for a triple residency in the face of COVID-19: “My classmates and I went into medicine to serve and care for people — and this is an incredible and unprecedented opportunity to do that.”

Shauna Pearson

Long live heroes: Athletic trainers take to the front lines

Sidelined from their normal duties of helping athletes heal and get back in the game, certified athletic trainers spring into action on the COVID-19 front lines.

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