Doctors at Spectrum Health spend "Doctors' Day" preparing for peak of COVID-19

Spectrum Health
Posted at 9:09 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 22:33:08-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Monday is "Doctors' Day" and now more than ever we all know exactly how important doctors are.

If anything, today being Doctors' Day is a reminder and rallying cry for all those out there fighting the virus.

The shift change at Fremont's Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Ashley Luchies organized an event to make sure everyone felt the love.

“It blew up fast, I was shocked with the amount of people that were actually there,” Ashley Luchies said.

Hundreds of people sat in their cars to celebrate and congratulate those who are working in the medical field.

“I think we need to show support to the people that are at the front line," Luchies said.

Chief Medical Officer with Spectrum Health Joshua Kooistra said, right now, they're ready. Kooistra says they're as prepared as they'll ever be for the virus's peak. He says doctors and nurses are doing everything they can.

“Kind of reflecting on why we all went in to medicine," Kooistra said. "It’s now more important than ever. That we focus on that," .

The surge seen in other parts of the country, even comparatively to some parts in the state hasn't hit West Michigan just yet.

But doctors say that's why they do what they do. Work to keep everyone safe. Especially on Doctors' Day.

"Although we are celebrating each other, and the profession, and why we all went into is overshadowed by COVID 19," Kooistra said.