In the news: 'Meet some of the healthcare workers fighting against virus'

Monday, January 11, 2021

The following article was published in The Dominion Post on Sunday, Jan. 10.

“The numbers are not pretty at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Medicine’s flagship hospital.

“Since the start of COVID-19 last March, 140 patients have died from the virus or a COVID-related cause at the health care facility. Medical providers said the virus isn’t selective either, young and old, male and female, have been its victims.

“The volume of people being treated at Ruby for COVID-19 has not let up. Not only are patients from north-central West Virginia, but they also come from Charleston, Huntington, as well as parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio.

“’We’re the backstop for the state,’ said Dr. Ron Pellegrino, Ruby’s chief operating officer.

“’Also, everyone’s life outside the hospital has changed. It doesn’t leave you when you leave the building,’ he said.”

The full article is attached >>>

Amy Litwinovich, director of Cardiac Nursing Services at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, talks with her team about COVID care. From left to right are RNs Courtney Knotts, Sara Belch, and Joyce Sandra, and Frank Briggs, vice president, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute.