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Discharged Coronavirus Patients Hear Songs, Cheers of Hope

Discharged Coronavirus Patients Hear Songs, Cheers of Hope

‘Don’t Stop Believin’

Photo Courtesy John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

As of June 4, there were more than 1.8 million coronavirus cases in the U.S. And as of May 29, the overall cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rate was 73.3 per 100,000.  Health care workers have worked tirelessly to see patients brought to health, and as patients are discharged, celebrations of the patients’ resilience have rung throughout the halls. 

Across America, hospitals are playing popular songs like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” to commemorate their patients and inspire hope. Here are a few of those joyous moments. 

Mount Sinai South Nassau (Oceanside, New York)

Mount Sinai South Nassau (Oceanside, New York)

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According to a statement by Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, New York, when Bianca Jiminez, 19, had a dry cough, dizziness, trouble breathing, a fever and a loss of her senses of taste and smell, she had a sinking feeling that she had COVID-19. A visit to a local urgent care center confirmed her fears. On April 20, Jiminez was admitted to Mount Sinai South Nassau. Doctors brought down her 104-degree temperature and treated her with antibiotics, oxygen and breathing therapies. Four days later, Jiminez was the 600th COVID-19 patient discharged at Mount Sinai.

UC San Diego Health (San Diego, California)

UC San Diego Health (San Diego, California)

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When patients leave the intensive care unit at UC San Diego Health in San Diego, hospital staff meet in the halls to cheer and clap as a chime plays. After spending several days in the intensive care unit, Juan Valdez was played the chime during his discharge. The chime, created by Missy Meehan, RN, and a group of friends, symbolizes breathing and a return to wellness.

Miami Cancer Institute, (Miami, Florida)

Miami Cancer Institute, (Miami, Florida)

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To encourage patients in Miami and beyond to stay strong during troubling and uncertain times, RNs at the Miami Cancer Institute sing Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.” “During this scary time when you’re not strong, you can lean on us,” representatives from the institute said.

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital (Richmond Heights, Missouri)

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital (Richmond Heights, Missouri)

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SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights, Missouri, keeps things happy when patients are discharged. “Happy” — the hit song by Pharrell Williams from the even happier film “Despicable Me 2” — plays throughout the hospital as staff clap and cheer.

Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, Michigan)

Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, Michigan)

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At Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” plays as a parting song for patients when they leave the hospital. According to Veronica Hall, RN, and president of the hospital, "The song is a sign of hope, a reminder to patients to never give up and a motivational thank-you to tired, never-stop-trying team members.”

St. Luke's Hospital (Allentown, Pennsylvania)

St. Luke's Hospital (Allentown, Pennsylvania)

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Hospitals in St. Luke’s University Health Network play “Gonna Fly Now” — best known as the “Rocky” theme song — when patients are discharged. The song plays and workers line the hall to applaud.

Rush Oak Park Hospital (Oak Park, Illinois)

Rush Oak Park Hospital (Oak Park, Illinois)

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According to a statement by Rush Oak Park Hospital, COVID-19 survivor Gloria Diaz, 53, referred to her care team as “her angels.” The mother of three teenage boys was released on April 22 after an “intense 15-day stay.” Diaz was the first patient at the hospital to experience prone ventilation treatment, a method that improves oxygenation when traditional ventilation fails. As Diaz was rolled out of the hospital, staff lined the halls to cheer and celebrate.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital (Port Jefferson, New York)

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital (Port Jefferson, New York)

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Mirna Richard, a Mather Hospital nurse and COVID-19 patient, was discharged from the Port Jefferson, New York, hospital after 64 days of hospitalization. As Richard exited the building, staff with balloons, bells and signs reading “We love you Mirna” and “You’re my hero” celebrated the nurse’s return to good health.

MelroseWakefield Hospital (Melrose, Massachusetts)

MelroseWakefield Hospital (Melrose, Massachusetts)

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When caregivers call a “CODE HAPPY” at MelroseWakefield Hospital in Melrose, Massachusetts, it means it’s time to gather to celebrate a discharged patient. “Happy” plays throughout the building to “give everyone a reason to smile.”

Henry Ford Allegiance Health (Jackson, Michigan)

Henry Ford Allegiance Health (Jackson, Michigan)

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At Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, Michigan, patients are “walking on sunshine.” As patients exit the building, “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and The Waves plays over the sound system as hospital staff dance and clap along. While serving on the frontlines, essential workers across the nation have worked to lift patients’ spirits. You at home can do your part too. Here’s how many lives social distancing saved, according to a study.

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