Photo Courtesy SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital

Beating Coronavirus: Discharged Hospital Patients Celebrated With Songs, Cheers

Celebrate good times, come on!

Photo Courtesy SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital

On March 31, Earl Davis showed up to Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, New York, COVID-positive. After fighting the virus in the hospital for nine days, he was finally discharged. Family and staff joined Davis in the lobby for his departure, sharing balloons and flowers as a family member tearfully embraced him. The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” played in his honor. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 1.8 million coronavirus cases in the U.S. as of June 4. And as of May 29, the overall cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rate was 73.3 per 100,000. Thousands of patients like Davis fought with resilience and strength to recover from COVID-19. In response, hospitals around the country have adopted powerful songs, cheers and more to support patients as they are discharged from care. 

At St. Luke's Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, it’s “Gonna Fly Now” — the “Rocky” theme song — that rings through the halls when a patient is discharged. Hospital staff lines the halls and applauds as patients make their journey back home. 

In Jackson, Michigan, at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Katrina and The Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine” plays over the sound system when a patient gets to go home. Hospital staff members dance and clap along to celebrate the big moment. 

And at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights, Missouri, staff encourages patients to stay “happy” as the hit song by Pharrell Williams plays throughout the hospital. When the 100th COVID-19 patient was discharged from the hospital’s care on April 19, it had its largest celebration yet with nurses performing a small dance routine to the song.

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