Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Marks the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

CCHAs a token of appreciation, Chester County Hospital leader, Angela Coladonato, Senior Vice President Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer handed out ice cream treats to employees as a way to say thank you for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted Image)

WEST CHESTER, PA — On Thursday, May 11, the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 ended, marking a milestone in a pandemic that has lasted more than three years, taking the lives of more than a million Americans, and brought unprecedented scientific breakthroughs and health care innovations to beat the virus. Chester County Hospital’s (CCH) physicians, nurses, and staff from dozens of other health professions – from laboratory and pharmacy teams to respiratory therapists to the professionals who worked behind the scenes to support care at the bedside and in clinics – joined forces to provide exceptional care to patients during the pandemic.

Across Penn Medicine, teams cared for more than 27,650 COVID-19 inpatients, saw patients via more than 2.3 million telehealth visits provided in the comfort of their own homes, administered nearly 390,000 COVID-19 vaccines, and stood up more than 500 COVID-19-related clinical trials and other research studies to investigate how best to prevent and treat the virus.

To mark the moment and honor the daily contributions of Chester County Hospital’s workforce during the pandemic, CCH leaders hosted an event to say thank you to each employee at the hospital and throughout the outpatient locations.

“Over the last three years our staff faced unprecedented challenges, but I will be forever grateful for the dedication, resiliency, and compassion demonstrated by each and every member of our team,” says Michael Duncan, President and CEO of Chester County Hospital. “This small celebration is our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to all of our CCH Healthcare Heroes.”

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