BAR HARBOR — The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for hospitals across the state since March of 2020.
“From that time, we have been diligently supporting our staff, but they’re tired. Right? Pandemic flux is a true situation,” President and CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital Christina Maguire said.
According to Maguire, their teams have spent a lot of time preparing for “what if scenarios” and are always in that mode.
“They need to take a pause and feel that they don’t have to be in that preparedness and readiness because it really does begin to become a trauma event,” Maguire said.
Maguire said they encourage their staff members to find a balance between work and taking time off.
“We’ve been spending time with them trying to encourage them for self care, resiliency, helping them understand time off is incredibly important, looking at how we can help through our behavioral health center, employee assistance programs, anything we can to make sure that they have a voice,” Maguire said.
She said they are beginning to look at this in the way history has shown pandemics play out.
“How do we set our systems, our infrastructure systems and our teams to feel confident that they have the tools, the skills to take care of patients no matter what setting,” Maguire said.
The hospital requires staff members and visitors to wear masks and go through a COVID-19 screening before entering their facilities, according to Maguire.
“One thing we know that prevents the spread of COVID is masking,” Maguire said.
Maguire said they are now planning for the future.
“What are we going to do when the kiddos are able to be vaccinated?” Maguire said. “Right now, we’re doing that planning in our community to make sure that this larger community is prepared for influx of tourists.”