As many of you know, the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Hattiesburg on March 11, 2020. But the work to help offset the negative impacts of this health care pandemic actually started before this date. A group of key community leaders came together and, utilizing intellectual capabilities and physical resources of our local organizations, began working to create critical mechanisms to help our area during this time. While our health care workers and patients have been able to experience the tangible outcomes, the journey to create these mechanisms has been purely amazing. I have been in awe at how everyone has come together and all that we have accomplished in such a short amount of time. There have been moments of triumph and others of utter disappointment as we have journeyed through this experience amongst physicians, scientists, and other leaders to create local resources for not only the health and well-being of our community, but for any community. I hope you can experience just a glimpse of the pride that I have been honored to be a part of. Our community is amazing.
The Pine Belt’s healthcare community was recognized in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Catalyst for their creative and innovative approach to managing the COVID-19 outbreak by creating outside partnerships and sourcing solutions locally.
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