Award Winners Talk About Compassionate Care in a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly tested healthcare workers. Facing extraordinary challenges, they strove to provide personal, patient-centered care while learning on the job the best ways to combat a new and dangerous virus.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, as part of its mission to promote humanistic healthcare, has recognized the efforts of U.S. healthcare professionals with the 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care awards “for compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Three Einstein Healthcare Network staff members were among those receiving the awards at a gala on June 10.
Read more about these honorees and watch their videos to learn more about their humanistic approach to healthcare.
Lieutenant Eric Booker
Lt. Booker assumed operational control of the Protective Services Department at the Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park campus as well as the Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia campus after multiple officers and administrative leaders fell ill with the coronavirus. Without hesitation, Lt. Booker kept operations running smoothly during a very uncertain time, meeting and exceeding the Protective Services’ standards “to protect, serve, support and secure a safe and secure environment for patients, visitors and staff.”
Colleen Price, BSN, RN
Price, a nurse in the Cardiac Telemetry Unit at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, cared for the first patient diagnosed with COVID-19 who was admitted to any Einstein hospital. Despite uncertainty in the healthcare community about how to treat this new illness, Price remained calm, professional and was concerned for the patient and others caring for him. Based on her extensive nursing experience, she took it upon herself to take the necessary precautions, manage the patient and assist others in learning how to safely care for patients with COVID-19. Her leadership demonstrated how to care for the “whole person” and not the “disease” with compassion and dignity.
Eric Sachinwalla, MD
Dr. Sachinwalla wore two essential hats during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control, for Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, he has played a pivotal role on the network’s Incident Command Center team for the COVID crisis. Dr. Sachinwalla closely monitored regulations and protocols from government at all levels and shared the information with the command team and Einstein’s more than 8,000 employees. He also served as a physician on the front lines, providing care to patients with COVID-19. What helped Dr. Sachinwalla during the toughest days of the pandemic was the collaboration among colleagues and staff; his family’s support; and seeing patients who had been critically ill with COVID-19 leave the hospital.