by Kay Takes, President of MercyOne Dubuque and Eastern Iowa

I think it’s hard for people to comprehend all that has happened over the past two-plus years. For those of us in health care, we have long prepared for the possibility of catastrophic events like a bus accident, tornado, or (sadly) a mass shooting. Global experiences with infectious disease outbreaks due to viruses like Ebola, Zika, SARS and MERS taught us to prepare for a pandemic as well.

Needless to say, we could never have anticipated the thousands upon thousands of variables we would experience firsthand in managing the wrath of COVID-19. I am so proud of the manner in which our extraordinary, resilient and dedicated MercyOne team and the entire health care community responded (and continue to respond) in service to the region; providing expert care to the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, neighbors and friends who contracted and battled this terrible disease.

While the COVID-19 pandemic was extremely challenging and at times, all consuming, it did not deter us from advancing other important initiatives intended to raise the bar on health care quality, safety and access.

To read this and other featured articles in their entirety, pickup the May 2022 issue of Julien’s Journal magazine. Click to subscribe for convenient delivery by mail, or call (563) 557-1914. Single issues are also available in print at area newsstands and digitally via the Issuu platform.

Julien’s Journal, the Dubuque area lifestyle magazine, is a monthly regional feature magazine for and about Dubuque and the tri-state region.

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