Beacon COVID survivor makes plea to get vaccinated

Maria Galvez hopes that by sharing her story, someone reading this will get vaccinated. She didn’t. Her husband didn’t. They wore masks and thought they’d be fine. Maria was hospitalized with COVID for 20 days. Her nurses helped her say good-bye to her husband on an iPad at Memorial Hospital. “I thought I was going to die. I cry and wonder when, when can I get rid of this?” Maria says, holding up the nasal tube connecting to an oxygen tank in her South Bend home. “We all need to get vaccinated now. … We are killing ourselves, instead of helping ourselves.” Dr. Ismail Al-Ani, Critical Care Pulmonologist, reiterates how most patients who are dying from COVID or who become sick enough to be hospitalized are unvaccinated. "Please take it," he says. "If you are not thinking about yourself, think about your neighbor, or think about our hospitals."

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New COVID-19 rapid test guidelines go into effect Sept. 3

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Due to a nationwide shortage of COVID-19 rapid tests and increased community demand, Beacon will be prioritizing its use of the tests across the system beginning tomorrow, September 3.“In the last two weeks, for example, testing volumes at our MedPoint locations has increased 200 percent,” said Molly Kelly, RN, Director…

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Medical Minute: What FDA approval of vaccine means for hospitals

The Pfizer vaccine today received full approval from the FDA. Dr. Dale Patterson, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Memorial Hospital, explains what "full approval" means, and he describes its importance given the current situation at hospitals in the Michiana area.

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Medical Minute: Cold, allergies, flu or COVID?

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Dr. Jason Marker, associate director of the Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, helps us understand the key differences between the illnesses we’ll be seeing this fall.

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Medical Minute: How dangerous is the Delta variant?

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Dr. Dale Patterson, Memorial Hospital Vice President Medical Affairs, shares information about the Delta variant that is becoming increasingly more predominant across the country and has been detected in Indiana and Michigan.

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