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Hospital workers pushed to the limit with ongoing surges in the pandemic, staff shortages and uncertainty

EMF-M ICU night shift
Navy Office of Information
BATON ROUGE, La. (April 28, 2020) Lt. Cmdr. Michael Heimes, assigned to Expeditionary Medical Facility-M, checks on a patient connected to a ventilator during an ICU night shift at Baton Rouge General Mid City campus, April 28, 2020. The 100 EMF-M personnel, part of the Department of Defense COVID-19 response, work to ease the strain of the significant patient care surge as part of the BRG Mid City family. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel R. Betancourt Jr./Released)200428-M-WU117-1661

The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, but hospital workers are bearing the brunt of dealing directly with Covid-19. The latest surge in cases is pushing them to the limit. We'll learn what they face in the hospital, how they feel about it—and what supports are available.

Christine Hein, chief wellness officer, Maine Medical Center; emergency medicine physician
Katey Weymouth, registered nurse, telemetry unit, Northern Light Mercy Hospital
Chris Laird, associate vice president of patient care services, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center; critical care, respiratory, education and dialysis liaison

Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.