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Health workers celebrate by dancing to 'Don't Stop Believin'' as patients leave hospital

To mark the victory of discharging patients who tested positive for Coronavirus, these doctors and nurses celebrated with a dance to Journey's inspirational song.

Health workers celebrate by dancing to 'Don't Stop Believin'' as patients leave hospital
Image Source: NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital / Twitter

These are strange times. Our parks are empty and our grocery stores are filled with animosity. Therefore, any sense of community should be treasured. In order to cheer up patients who tested positive for Coronavirus as they were being discharged from the hospital, the doctors and nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital decided to put on a show to Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin''. If you need a pick-me-up after reading tragic news headline after tragic news headline, this is the video to watch. The video was posted to Twitter as a "message of hope" for everyone currently struggling during the ongoing public health crisis, PEOPLE Magazine reports.



The hospital took to Twitter to upload the joyful video and wrote, "As a message of hope during these challenging times, [NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital] plays Journey’s 'Don’t Stop Believin'' throughout the hospital each time a COVID-19 patient is discharged and on the road to recovery." The video features two members of hospital staff wheeling out two patients, each seated in wheelchairs. As they wheel them out, more members of staff dance along the sides of the hallway. They were all, of course, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the video.



As you would expect, the video immediately went viral. Among all the Twitter users who commented on how happy and positive the video made them feel was none other than Journey's former lead singer Steve Perry. He wrote, "I wanted to share a little cheer from New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital in New York. They play ‘Don’t Stop Believin” every time a Coronavirus patient is discharged. We’re all in this together, and we’ll get through this together. #DontStopBelievin." Perry is right. The hospital's video shows us that there is still love, light, and hope during these dark times if we work together and, as the song goes, don't stop believing.



In an interview with Good Morning America, Jaclyn Mucaria, the president of NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, stated, "Every patient discharge gives hope to New York-Presbyterian Queens staff. They are encouraged to see their patients recovering and going home." New York City has been one of the worst-hit areas during the ongoing pandemic. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were at least 580,878 cases in the city, while there have been 23,607 reported deaths as a result of the novel virus. Without a doubt, this outbreak has had unprecedented results in one of the most populous cities in the United States.



Therefore, every patient discharge is a call for celebration, especially as it is a testament to how hard our frontline health professionals are working. "These have been very challenging times but I am so proud of the extraordinary selflessness and teamwork," Mucaria stated. "Everyone is pitching in for the purpose of providing the best care to our patients." Joining the celebration with those at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens is the staff at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital. There, too, doctors and nurses have been playing the song to help their patients power through the crisis. "The song is a sign of hope, a reminder to patients to never give up and a motivational thank-you to tired, never-stop-trying team members," said Veronica Hall, the president of Henry Ford Hospital and a registered nurse. "The song’s message is a reminder that this patient’s discharge is just as possible for the next patient and the next. The victories and the happy moments... Are often marked with smiles, cheers, maybe a recording of successes on whiteboards - and tears of relief among the critical care teams and staff connected to emergency and COVID-19 units.”



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