Tampa General Hospital peels back curtain on fight against COVID-19

by | Aug 19, 2021


Tampa General Hospital is once again giving Floridians a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work during the pandemic.

Tampa General Hospital is giving Floridians the peak of what it’s like for healthcare workers on the frontline. The 1041-bed academic medical center, and one of the largest hospitals in America, released COVID Chronicles 2.0 video diary this week. The raw, unfiltered footage chronicles the sacrifice of workers at the hospital, and showcases the reality of what’s currently happening behind closed doors at Tampa General.

Holly Bailey, a chaplain resident and full-time employee at the hospital, details her first year at Tampa General Hospital and shares what it’s like working with patients and families impacted by the pandemic.

“This is my first year working in a hospital full-time. It’s a very unusual year, as you can imagine,” Bailey said, noting that the recent delta variant surge reminds her of last August when she first started at the hospital.

Bailey also candidly recounts her experience having to watch families say their final good-byes to loved ones.

“I escorted his family members for their one-time half-hour end-of-life visit. I was there for them in that COVID room as they said goodbye,” Bailey said in the video. “All I could think was, this is your last time seeing him and there’s a lot of complex emotions knowing how he got sick.”

Frontline healthcare workers also encouraged Floridians to get vaccinated in the video, adding that much of the fallout from the virus can be avoided. On Wednesday, 16,721 people were confirmed to be admitted in the state with COVID-19, according to the Florida Hospital Association (FHA).

Despite the recent surge, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida recently predicted that Florida could hit the peak of its latest COVID-19 surge next week. In a Fox News article, Edwin Michael, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the USF College of Public Health, projected the peak will occur on Aug. 24, and along with the current pace of vaccinations, the state could see herd immunity by Sept. 11.

Tampa General Hospital first produced a series of these video diaries last year during the height of the pandemic. The hospital stated that more editions of the COVID Chronicles will be forthcoming.

To view the first volume of the series, click here.

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