Bend doctor asks for everything possible to be done to help at this time

On Thursday, Aug. 19, Dr. Jeff Absalon, Chief Physician Executive for St. Charles Hospital in Bend, spoke about the crisis facing health systems and hospitals due to the COVID-19 surge.

Soon after they lost a patient to COVID-19, Dr. Absalon arrived at the St. Charles Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Bend.

“Our nurses had tears in their eyes, said Dr. Absalon. “And yet they had to get right back to work to take care of the next patient that needed their services. And that’s what they did, and that’s what they do.”

You can watch the video below.

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This article first appeared in the Aug. 23, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.