Metro Detroit hospital tech's encouraging messages give hope during COVID-19 crisis

Posted at 8:33 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 11:07:55-04

(WXYZ) — An MRI technologist at a metro Detroit hospital created whiteboard messages showing off the positive numbers of the hospital's fight against COVID-19.

The technologist, who works at Ascension Hospital in Southfield, created the whiteboards with the first on March 31. She tells us the idea for the whiteboards came from her coworker, Dan. She was tapped to create the board because she's known for being creative in the department.

"In our fight against COVID-19, this is where we draw the line," the board reads.

After, it includes the number of patients who came off ventilators and who are breathing on their own, and the number of patients with COVID-19 who were discharged and on their way to recovery. To the right, there's an area for the total numbers.

On the first day, March 31, there were 40 patients discharged and 11 patients off ventilators. The next day, nine more came off ventilators and another 45 discharged.

"I never would have assumed that just by creating a fun and colorful board that it could bring so many smiles and a small sense of relief to the tirelessly working doctors, nurses, and staff," the technologist told us. "My favorite part is seeing people respond, 'Thank God for some positive news, finally.' We all need some positivity to get through this. This was just a very small way that I could help."

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