Timpanogos Regional Hospital honors all affected by COVID-19 | News, sports, jobs
Timpanogos Regional Hospital honors all affected by COVID-19 |  News, sports, jobs

Timpanogos Regional Hospital honors all affected by COVID-19 | News, sports, jobs


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A nurse at Timpanogos Regional Hospital places a blue flag symbolizing her support for those suffering from COVID-19 on Monday, May 16, 2022.

Kelcie Hartley, Daily Herald

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COVID-19 Survivor Micheal “Mitch” Mitchell speaks during a COVID-19 memorial service at Timpanogos Regional Hospital on Monday, May 16, 2022.

Kelcie Hartley, Daily Herald

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ICU physician Neil Rosenberg thanks his former patients for keeping in touch with him and other members of the hospital staff during a COVID-19 memorial service at Timpanogos Regional Hospital on Monday, May 16, 2022.

Kelcie Hartley, Daily Herald
















In a courtyard on the northeast corner of Timpanogo Regional Hospital, a single evergreen tree will serve as a reminder of those who survived, died and provided care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hospital hosted an evening of remembrance, gratitude and hope in honor of the survivors of COVID-19 and those who died in the fight against the disease on Monday. White and green flags were placed in the courtyard to recognize patients who were fighting their battle at TRH. Green flags symbolized those who recovered, and there were 1,100 green flags, according to Brittany Glas, director of media relations.

“Green is the color of rebirth, growth and renewal,” she said. “White flags are a representation of those who died of the disease.”

Surviving patients Michael “Mitch” Mitchell and Larry Barney attended the event. Mitchell shared his journey through COVID-19, and Chelsey Barney, Larry’s wife, spoke of her commitment to her husband in his darkest days.

“I was hospitalized on December 8, 2021 with critical illness myopathy related to COVID-19 phenomena. On December 24, things took a turn for the worse and I was put in the fan at that point, ”Mitchell said. “After over four weeks I woke up and my kidneys and lungs started working again and they could take me out of the respirator. I left here on February 3rd and I had a question I could not let go of. Why me “After working with a therapist, I found out why not me? So many people are no longer with us. So why me?”

Mitchell shared part of an email he had received from the hospital. He said he would never be able to forget what was written.

“‘It’s hard for me to express to myself how much I needed a win,” Mitchell said as he read the email. “Even after witnessing over 100 outrageous deaths, Mitch was.” So it was not for me, my friends or family. I came through was for someone who really needed just one victory to continue. “

Larry Barney was tested positive for COVID-19 on August 10, 2021 and, according to his wife, had to be hospitalized on August 21.

“On August 27, things got worse,” she said. “My worst nightmare happened. Larry was fighting for his life on a fan. Seeing my husband, who is the strongest person I know, was just there lifeless, was something I will never forget. Knowing that our son Leo might could lose his father, was heartbreaking. “

Chelsey and Larry’s family stood by his side for three long months before he recovered enough to be released on Nov. 19 from the intensive care unit.

“The amazing doctors, nurses and respiration teams all fought just as hard as we did,” Chelsey said. “Because of their dedication and the long, exhausting hours they’ve put in, we still have Larry. We will never forget what you all did and continue to do. You are all heroes.”

ICU doctor Neil Rosenberg helped save the lives of both Mitchell and Barney. He thanked them both for keeping in touch with the hospital staff because it has meant the world to them.

“We have a staff in the intensive care unit that rotates to and from, so I think we all had an opportunity to take care of them,” he said. “Larry was here for three months and we all had time to take care of him. Mitch was also here for a few months and we saw the emotional roller coaster that Chelsey described. His family made great efforts to put up pictures. of his child and I have small children too. I would go in there and it’s just heartbreaking because I could imagine what it would be like if it was me or my family. “

A moment of silence was observed during the ceremony. During that time, relatives of patients and relatives were encouraged to take a blue flag and place them around the whites and greens to represent the support provided to all affected by COVID-19.

Representatives from the intensive care unit and the respiration therapy ward took a moment to thank and acknowledge each ward for its unique efforts over the past two years.

The evergreen will be planted with a plaque that reads: “We remember the lives lost due to COVID-19. We honor the lives saved. We express our gratitude to the nursing staff at Timpanogos Regional Hospital.”



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