Hartford HealthCare’s Chief Clinical Officer made the somber announcement Thursday, as hospital workers of all kinds deal with the Covid-19 wave hitting parts of Connecticut.
“We do have one of our individuals, one of our colleagues unfortunately did not make it through this COVID crisis and obviously our heart goes out to the family and friends and members of his team at this time of an unfortunate event. We are all saddened by this turn of event,” said Dr. Ajay Kumar, Hartford Healthcare EVP &Chief Clinical Officer.
The identity of the male employee was not released.
“As you can appreciate the privacy around these issues are paramount interest to all of us. I would not be able to share more details on that,” Kumar added.
In another effort to prepare for an influx of coronavirus patients, Hartford Healthcare announced the opening of around the clock “colleague support centers” in their hospitals.
They will have a dedicated staff just to assist healthcare worker’s needs, like housing, daycare and the emotional angle as they fight this battle.
“That will allow us to give behavioral health series to anybody who works with us in terms of counseling, support, someone to talk to, people who can provide advice and counsel,” said Jeffrey Flaks, Hartford HealthCare President.