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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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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.”

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.

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. 

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.

Larry Reck - Long Live Heroes - Geisinger

Long live heroes: Stories from the front lines

Patient access rep Larry Reck takes to the front lines, relying on prayer and staying positive: “Right now, I’m sacrificing my time with my family, but they understand completely. This is my job and it’s what I have to do.”

Ellie Sikorskas

Long live heroes: Stories from the front lines

Physical therapy assistant Ellie Sikorskas embraces her new role working night shift in the COVID-19 screening tents: “People staying at home are doing their parts, too. And that’s important to remember.”

Olivia Decker, RN

Long live heroes: Stories from the front lines

Olivia Decker, RN, spends her days doing swabs, breathing treatments and assessments: “I signed up for this when I decided to be a nurse.”