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Healthcare workers on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19

ELKINS — Healthcare workers have been on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. In Elkins, Davis Medical Center began planning to deal with the crisis even before the coronavirus was present in West Virginia.

“We started planning before it (COVID-19) even got here,” said Tracy Fath, Davis Medical Center’s vice president of marketing and planning. “There were a lot of hospitals across the country who were struggling with PPEs and staff, but we were fortunate enough to not have to deal with that. When we started feeling the pressure, we were ahead of it. And I think that goes back to the planning and the way we educated our staff.”

Fath said the hospital staff has gone above and beyond their duties during this pandemic. She said that in turn Davis Medical Center has made sure that all its employees were taken care of in any way needed.

“We set up a lot of different resources for our people,” she said. “We created a website where they could go and listen to other health pros give tips about battling COVID-19, and how to deal with all the stress that goes with it. We have behavioral health specialists on site for our staff any time they need one and we set up a babysitting program for our essential workers.

“We are trying to meet the needs of all our staff and we really appreciated how everyone stepped up and met the challenge. They are here to serve the community and they put the patients’ well being ahead of their own.”

Not all employees at Davis Medical Center have been battling on the front lines. Some deemed non-essential have been able to work from home. Fath said that one person in particular has led the charge during the pandemic.

“Kudos to Dr. Mindy Chua, she has been our COVID-19 leader from the start,” said Fath. “She did a lot of research and had us ready to go when this started. She brought us together every morning to make sure everyone had what they needed.”

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