Stories from the Field
It is an extraordinary time for our world, our nation and our state. We are honored to serve our community and to share some extraordinary moments of courage, compassion, inspiration, and generosity while we tackle the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Your support is our secret superpower. Thank you!
A remarkable story of an amazing Hennepin Hero. Dr. Nyan Pyae was hospitalized on May 27 at HCMC, at the peak of the pandemic in Minnesota. His stay is one of the longest on record, receiving care for 106 days.
"It was a very tough thing to take in," said Pyae, 45. "I missed Father's Day. I missed my daughter's birthday."
Unsure of how he contracted the disease, he suspects his exposure came from caring for COVID patients in the hospital. Hundreds of his Hennepin colleagues on the frontlines have suffered COVID-19 with dozens requiring hospital care. But none to the extent of his arduous journey.
View the FOX9 interview. Photo credit: Star Tribune
The Superpower of Generosity
- Over 1,000,000 of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as been donated including: surgical masks, N95s, homemade masks, face shields, gloves, medical hijabs and hand sanitizer.
- Donations fully funded a Convalescent Plasma Study launched by Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute.
- 20,968 meals served to staff on the frontlines, keeping their spirits and bodies energized through this crisis.
- Patient experience has also been enhanced during this time with Ipads and NICview for virtual visits for families with babies in the NICU.
- Patient comfort bags offer supplies and activities for hospital inpatients isolated from visitors.
- Cell phone chargers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, and thermometers, help staff provide care for patients, safely, outside of the hospital setting.
- $42,530 raised during Firefighters for Healing two week $10K matching challenge April 27-May 8.
Swapping Sails for Faceshields
Tim Carlson, Owner of Sailcrafters
Marines are known for jumping in first and responding to a crisis with vigor and with a plan. Ex-Marine Tim Carlson of Sailcrafters saw a need in late March, just as the COVID-19 virus was affecting his community. His plan, use the 630-pound roll of clear plastic in his shop, used to create windows in sails, for face shields to protect healthcare workers.
The COVID-19 virus is spread between people who are in close contact with each other or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The face shield, along with a face mask, is a critical piece of personal protection equipment (PPE). And back in March, there was a national shortage of all types of PPE.
Why I Give
Aidan Hofstedt, 13 years old
My name is Aidan Hofstedt. I am a 13-year-old Life Scout from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and a member of BSA Troop 518 out of Anoka. I started my Scouting career in kindergarten at the age of five as a Cub Scout. I made the transition to Boy Scouts in fifth grade. Two years later, I was already a Life Scout. The next rank to achieve was the prestigious Eagle Scout, an award that I wanted for my entire life.
To earn an Eagle Scout rank, your project must identify a beneficiary organization. In mid-April, during the stay-at-home order I had a conversation over the phone with my grandmother. I felt called that day to commit to making 100 masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. I worked with church leaders to help identify an organization who would benefit from a large supply of masks.
In May, Hennepin Healthcare’s HCMC, in downtown Minneapolis, was the hospital in the state with the most reported cases. I worked quickly to complete my project and produced 333 masks, much more than the initial goal of 100. My church leadership team connected with parishioners who work at Hennepin Healthcare. My project was my way to thank these front line staff who care for those in need, save lives and fulfill God’s mission.
I am honored that staff could wear my masks to and from work to give their hospital masks a longer shelf life. These special front line workers could also use my masks for people in their waiting rooms or test centers who do have masks. Not all super heroes wear capes, some wear masks. This is why I give.
Why I Give
Ella Roether, 15 years old
My summer trip to Israel with United Synagogue Youth was cancelled due to the pandemic. It was an adventure I was really looking forward too. But it didn’t take long to realize there was another purpose for the money I saved. I was watching the news one day and was struck by how little our healthcare workers were being supported for their dedication during this crisis. There was an image of a parade of protesters, angry about being told to stay home, being blocked by doctors and nurses. It was such a powerful photograph and really moved me.
I realized how fortunate I was to be able to stay at home, safely with my family, while healthcare workers were isolating from their own children and risking their lives to take care of others. After talking with my uncle, who works at Hennepin Healthcare, I become even more passionate about supporting Hennepin Heroes. Knowing that Hennepin Healthcare’s mission is to serve everyone, even those undocumented or without financial resources is awesome.
The healthcare workers at Hennepin Healthcare are working so incredibly hard. They should know there are a lot of people out here supporting them, loving them, and grateful for what they are doing. That is why I give.