Methodist in the Media

Ahead of Thanksgiving, Hospital Leaders, Staff Ask for Community Help to Stop COVID-19 Spread

Published: Nov. 23, 2020

The message from area hospitals is simple, and one you’ve heard for months: Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and avoid large gatherings.

With COVID-19 hospitalizations at high levels locally and statewide, leaders and staff at CHI Health Mercy and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs asked the public to do its part to protect not only hospital staff but also the community at large.

“We’re very grateful for the hard work of our health care workforce. We’ve very proud of all the work they are putting in to manage this pandemic. We’re asking for help from our community,” Jennie Edmundson President and CEO Steve Baumert said. “Our staffs are part of this community. Their kids go to school, their spouses go to work. We’re asking the community not just to say we value health care workers, but to mean it. Protect them by wearing masks, socially distancing, avoiding large gatherings — follow the governor’s guidelines.

The Daily Nonpareil: Ahead of Thanksgiving, hospital leaders, staff ask for community help to stop COVID-19 spread