COVID-19: taking care of our own

A hospital worker speaking with a COVID-19 patient as he's discharged
Cherpao Lee, the first COVID-19 patient treated at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (PSL), is discharged.

While the coronavirus has brought hard times across the world, it’s also brought stories of perseverance and resilience. Hear from one of our colleagues and what care like family means to him.

These are, safe to say, uncertain times. And, as HCA Healthcare chief executive officer Sam Hazen tells our more than 280,000 colleagues, “The only way through this is together.

On Tuesday, April 7, inside affiliate Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (PSL), there was a glimmer of hope and resilience.

Colleagues at PSL gathered for the discharge of the first COVID-19 patient admitted to their hospital. Even more compelling to the story—the patient they saved? A colleague of 36 years.

Cherpao Lee holds a special place in the staff’s hearts as he’s worked at the hospital for 36 years as part of the food and nutrition services team. While Lee contracted the virus in the community, he knew his hospital family would take good care of him.

“I want to thank all of the nurses, the doctors and food services for providing for me and helping me with this. It has been a difficult time, but I know a lot of people care about me and pray for me, and I want to thank them,” Lee said.

Responding in times of crisis is what we do as an organization and what we as healthcare professionals do. Your continued commitment to our patients is inspiring. We care like family, and we will do everything in our power to keep all of us safe.

We are so grateful for Mr. Lee’s recovery. We hope to see him back soon, just not as a patient!

A group of nurses clapping as a COVID-19 patient is discharged
Colleagues at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (PSL), celebrate discharging COVID-19 patient Cherpao Lee, who previously worked at the hospital for 36 years.

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About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 183 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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