Evangelical Community Hospital Marks One-Year of Pandemic Status

March 12, 2021


Saturday, March 13, 2021, marks the one-year anniversary of Evangelical Community Hospital activating its Hospital emergency command structure and declaring a pandemic.

“While this isn’t an anniversary we are celebrating in the traditional sense, it does present an opportunity to reflect on the what we’ve been through and thank our providers, employees and community for their commitment to and support of this Hospital,” said Kendra Aucker, President and CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital.

To commemorate the impact of COVID-19 on families locally, nationally, and around the globe over the last 12 months, Evangelical employees were asked to pause non-essential tasks and observe a shared moment of silence Friday, March 12.

From March 2020 to March 2021, Evangelical has:

  • Set up two COVID-19 testing sites where more than 36,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered;
  • Cared for nearly 800 COVID-19-positive patients;
  • Successfully discharged more than 700 COVID-19 patients;
  • And, administered more than 10,000 doses of vaccine.

Sadly, 87 people lost their battles with this disease while in the Hospital’s care. Those individuals were remembered during the anniversary period with flameless candles in the main concourse of the Hospital’s new addition.

But the anniversary isn’t entirely somber in tone.

To support its dedicated providers and employees, the Hospital is distributing free self-care items over the next week, collecting images and stories of those who went above and beyond the call of duty, giving special gifts, offering discounts at the gift shop, and providing free slushies.

“This last year we’ve been through some of the darkest moments I can ever recall in my decades of healthcare work; but, through it all, I’ve been buoyed by the moments of compassion, kindness, and resiliency I’ve witnessed across this organization,” said Aucker. “We needed to find ways to honor those moments while being respectful of the magnitude of this anniversary.”  

 

PHOTOS: Hospital staff across the organization stopped what they were doing at 11:15 am and 7:15 pm on Friday, March 12, 2021, to listen to 12 bells toll—one for each month of the pandemic.

View All

Related News

National Senior Health and Fitness Day® Being Held Wednesday, May 26, 2021

National Senior Health and Fitness Day® Being Held Wednesday, May 26, 2021

April 16, 2021 - What’s Happening

Evangelical Community Hospital in partnership with The Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness, Lewisburg, is holding National Senior Health and Fitness Day® on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from noon-2 pm at the Miller Center.

Read More about National Senior Health and Fitness Day® Being Held Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Evangelical Community Hospital Introduces Rehabilitation Program for COVID-19 Recovery

Evangelical Community Hospital Introduces Rehabilitation Program for COVID-19 Recovery

March 23, 2021 - What’s Happening

Evangelical Community Hospital has introduced a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation program to address a variety of conditions that continue to remain for patients, especially those who had severe bouts of the virus that may or may not have required hospitalization.

Read More about Evangelical Community Hospital Introduces Rehabilitation Program for COVID-19 Recovery
Evangelical Community Hospital Temporarily Suspends COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

Evangelical Community Hospital Temporarily Suspends COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

January 29, 2021 - What’s Happening

Evangelical Community Hospital has temporarily suspended COVID-19 vaccine registration due to uncertainty of future vaccine supplies. The suspension goes into effect noon January 29, 2021.

Read More about Evangelical Community Hospital Temporarily Suspends COVID-19 Vaccine Registration