Dear PAHPM colleagues
You are an amazing group in a very difficult time. You already sacrifice greatly for the most vulnerable people in our health care system and now they are even more threatened. With the rapidity of its spread and our inability to treat the COVID-19 virus, we will likely see an increase in referrals in the inpatient setting as chronic illness complicates the picture and we will have many more people on ventilators. I hope this will not cause some difficult ethical decisions, but know you are up to the challenge.
I know you will work your best to mitigate the effects on your patients and their families, but please do not forget yourselves. We all need time away and other stress alleviation mechanisms. Consider using stress relieving apps like Calm, Healthful Journeys and others. Express your appreciation for the efforts of others. Treasure your family and friends.
I speak on behalf of all of our Board and wish to express our respect and appreciation for your dedication to our patients. Stay safe, use your PPE, and get adequate sleep and nutrition.
All the best
Kathy Kemle, PAC, MS, DFAAPA
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