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Answering the Call to Adapt to a Changing World [Video]

May 22, 2020


While COVID-19 has certainly brought about a new way of life and an array of unknowns to the world, especially for those working in the healthcare field, not all of the virus’ implications are completely negative.


Dr. Kevin Sowti, an internist in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said that it has been encouraging for him to witness the spirit of unity that has resulted from the global pandemic.


“It’s been amazing that a lot of people have volunteered—a lot of people have stepped up,” Sowti said. “It’s inspiring how people answer to the call of challenges. That’s been very inspiring and makes me want to continue to do this and makes me know that we’re in this together, and we’re going to beat this.”


Sowti also said that, as a result of the coronavirus creating an increase in the need for healthcare workers, particularly in those areas of the nation that were most heavily impacted, a tremendous amount of individuals have stepped up to help where they can, often having to “stretch their expertise” and volunteer in areas in which they are not as familiar. Retired doctors have temporarily returned to practice, while outpatient physicians have helped out in inpatient wards and ICUs, where they might not have done work for many years.


COVID-19 has brought about new ways of working and learning for many employees and students throughout the U.S. and the entire world—teleconferencing has become extremely prevalent, and it has become necessary for businesses and organizations to be agile in the ways in which they operate. The healthcare industry is no exception in this, and Sowti said that the changes and revelations that have occurred in healthcare should not be overlooked simply because they were the result of this pandemic.


“A lot of good things have happened—a lot of things that we wouldn’t think about a minute ago, a month ago,” he said.


The positives to which Sowti is referring include recognizing healthcare disparities, moving different teams to do different things, adapting and changing quickly without focusing on certain variables, and paying attention to the more important factors. Above all, he said that the most important thing for everyone to remember during this time is caring for others.


“These times are full of fear for everyone—our patients, our caregivers, our staff,” he said. “The only thing that’s opposite of fear is love, and it’s very important to have a lot of love and transparency in these times, and it’s important to take care of each other.”

 


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