ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – It was the best day ever.
In March 2020, Flagler Health + became the first healthcare system in Northeast Florida to treat a patient diagnosed with COVID-19. And now, two years and six days later, the hospital in St. Augustine finally say that there are currently no patients admitted with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Although the hospital expects to care for more patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in the future, it is a milestone moment.
“Our caregivers – clinical and non-clinical, in bed and behind the scenes – have worked tirelessly over the last 736 days to care for patients during some of their darkest days. No one came into this profession and expected a global pandemic, but our employees have risen to the occasion time and time again. Their dedication to our patients and each other is commendable, ”said Carlton DeVooght, interim president and CEO.
“While this does not mean that the pandemic is over, or that we will step down our efforts to provide safe, high-quality care to patients with COVID-19 and other diagnoses, it gives us a moment to pause to acknowledge all of this. our staff has endured since March 2020. We could not be more proud of them, ”said Flagler Health + Chief Physician Executive, David Rice, MD.
Nearly 2,000 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 have been treated at Flagler Hospital since the pandemic began. During that time, Flagler Hospital has been nationally recognized by the Leapfrog Group as a Top Hospital and with America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award from Healthgrades, placing Flagler Hospital in the top 1% of all hospitals in the county for clinical care and patient outcomes.
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