At the centre of the COVID-19 crisis you will find the front-line staff of The Ottawa Hospital. Nurses, doctors, and researchers working day and night to heal our patients and find a cure.
Their stories are ones of emotion, dedication, and determination. They are relentless in the fight against this global pandemic. They are husbands, wives, moms, and dads. They are our neighbours.
And they have an incredible story to tell.
“[Coming out of retirement] was actually a quick decision…my family, friends and loved ones were very supportive of that.” -Joselyn Banks
“We have had instances where patients were really not doing well and the healthcare workers at the hospital were the only people there to hold their hand.” -Dr. Samantha Halman
“It’s difficult to really explain what it’s like…Probably half of the staff, when they get to their car, just sit down and cry. And then they go home.” --Jan Leahy
“[It has been meaningful to hear] the appreciation from the patients who come through that busy environment that’s coping with three to four hundred people a day--that we’re still demonstrating the compassion and the excellence in service that people expect to receive, and that staff want to give, as if everybody was their loved one. That’s the message I’m hearing consistently even fifty-three days later…they’re getting excellent care.” - John Trickett
The Ottawa Hospital and Bell Media are partnering together to launch a series featuring our front-line workers and their personal stories. Frontline Diaries will feature dozens of staff who are at the heart of our local COVID-19 relief efforts. Using two-way video technology, Bell Media journalists will interview staff at The Ottawa Hospital who will guide them through a ‘show and tell’ style of interview. Check back frequently for more entries from the Front-line Diaries.