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Honoring national hospital week

This is National Hospital Week, an opportunity to honor and spotlight our hospitals, health systems, and health care workers. This year, the American Hospital Association (AHA) did something a little different. To honor the sacrifices made by health care workers during the pandemic, the AHA collaborated with Musicians On Call, (MOC), a nonprofit organization that delivers the healing power of music. Together, they released an original song and video inspired by the words of health care workers. You can learn more about this initiative and listen to the song at AHA.org.

This year’s National Hospital Week theme is “Inspiring Hope Through Healing.” The AHA is encouraging healthcare workers to share what has inspired them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent poll, 195+ Sermo physicians discuss their experiences working in hospitals during the pandemic, and what inspired  them to keep going. Here’s what they said:

Sixty percent of the physicians said they currently work at a hospital, and 80% said they witnessed the tremendous toll that hospitals experienced during the pandemic. Seventy percent said they struggled emotionally and/or physically with the high demands of being a doctor during the pandemic. When asked what inspired the doctors to keep going during the pandemic, this is how they responded:

What inspired you to keep going during the pandemic?

My patients
28%
Friends and family
27%
My colleagues
19%
The need to heal
16%
Music
8%
Other
3%

Regarding stress levels, 43% said their stress levels are now lower than they were at the height of the pandemic, 31% said they are the same, and 23% said stress levels are higher now. 

Physicians across the globe have stepped up in extraordinary ways during the pandemic, and we at Sermo would like to take this opportunity to thank our physicians for everything they’ve done and continue to do.