“With the new surge in COVID-19, our staff is understandably tired and distressed by the devastating loss of life they have witnessed. However, they continue to show up on the frontline for the Southwest Florida community,” Lee Health wrote in a post on Facebook. Erika Zalecky, child life specialist, took Dorian to share some puppy-love at HealthPark Medical Center.
“Usually when we see dogs, they’re for the patients,” an HPMC RN said. “I’m so excited to see he came for us.”
Dorian was met with tons of belly rubs and ear scratches by health care staff.
“This has been the toughest experience so far in my time here,” Zalecky said. “On our floor at Golisano we’re full, not a single bed is open. In the beginning, we were only caring for one or two patients a day and now on any given day we have over 10.” Typically, Dorian’s job is to distract patients who may experience discomfort and provide support to families who have lost a loved one or received a serious diagnosis, Lee Health said.
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