When a patient emerges from emergency trauma surgery, stabilized, it's an important milestone in their recovery. But it's not the end of their journey. It's the same for a person who gets to ring the bell in the Oncology and Infusion Center after winning their fight against breast cancer.
In many cases, the patient's recovery isn't complete until their body is restored to looking as much as possible like it did before their health emergency began. Sometimes, the operation to save the patient's life is just the beginning of the healing process.
A simple suggestion from a JPS Health Network leader has made the fight against COVID-19 safer for healthcare workers across the country and around the world.
Faced with a unique challenge a few weeks ago, Jim Graves, Executive Director of Respiratory Care at JPS Health Network, received inspiration from an unexpected source: the little Bluetooth speaker that sits on his desk.
For the last ten years, JPS has served Tarrant County and beyond as the only Level 1 Trauma Center on the west side of DFW. It’s an accomplishment that felt like an impossible dream for the first decade of the 21st century.
“It was something that they had been working on for a long time when I arrived here a little more than 10 years ago,” said Dr. Raj Gandhi, Medical Director of Trauma at JPS. “So they knew what went into it and how difficult it is to meet all the standards to reach Level 1. But they also knew how important it is to the community to have those services.”
While it seems the world is preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors, nurses, and team members at the JPS Oncology and Infusion Center still have a job to do.
Time is of the essence, and their work waits for nothing. Patients who can’t wait for the virus to be defeated before they fight back against cancer in their bodies can still count on getting the care they need, according to Dr. Bassam Ghabach, Medical Director of the Oncology and Infusion Center.
There’s a new way to see the doctor at JPS!
JPS Health Network is now offering virtual visits which allow patients to video conference with their doctor from the comfort and safety of their own home. You can see a provider for urgent care visits, when you have a minor emergency that would otherwise cause you to visit an urgent care center. Or, instead of going to your doctor’s office for your regularly scheduled visits, you can get checked out from home.