Methodist in the Media

Students Brighten Health Care Workers' Days During Stressful Time

Published: Nov. 30, 2020

Workers at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital got a little encouragement recently, thanks to an inside elf and hundreds of area schoolchildren.

After initially dedicating part of the intensive care unit to COVID-19 patients, the hospital had added a second area in telemetry and was preparing to designate a third in medical-surgical, according to Ashley Nihsen, director of the hospital's birthing center. Frontline workers caring for COVID-19 patients were feeling the stress and strain of the ongoing pandemic. They were tired from working long hours, worrying about exposing family members and having to wear personal protective equipment day after day.

On Nov. 13, Nihsen decided to do something about it.

The Daily Nonpareil: Students brighten health care workers’ days during stressful time