PRMC doctor: COVID-19 patient discharge celebrations put “chills in your spine”

SALISBURY, Md. – Dr. Chris Snyder at Peninsula Regional Medical Center says they’re addressing staffing needs at the hospital by hiring medical professionals from other states and communities.

He tells 47 ABC they’re looking for Advanced Practice Providers or APPs, nurses and respiratory therapists. He says PRMC is hovering just below 50 percent capacity of their almost 400 beds right now, which includes both COVID and non-COVID patients. That number varies every day because the good news is they’re also discharging patients who recover from COVID-19. In fact, they have a special way to celebrate when patients get to go home.

“It puts chills in your spine to hear the music playing and it’s just fantastic. We’re not identifying patients but we’re letting everyone know that someone is going home. And what a fantastic tool to help the staff and patients really feel better about the work we’re doing,” says Dr. Chris Snyder, the Chief Quality Officer at PRMC.

Dr. Chris Snyder says they’re cautious with COVID patients who are discharged because it’s still unclear how the body responds after it “sheds” the infection.

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