A THANK YOU to Our community:
For those of you who do not know me, I am Dr. Jessica Campagna, a hospitalist
at Daviess Community Hospital. A hospitalist is someone who manages patients
admitted to the hospital, who is not primarily managed by a specialist
such as a surgeon. I have been at DCH since July 2018. Since coming to
DCH I have largely felt respected and encouraged by my colleagues, hospital
staff, and administration. Daviess County, being the rural locale that
it is, has a largely friendly population. It was not until this recent
pandemic that I truly appreciated the generosity of this community.
The past 3 months I have been at home on maternity leave. As the coronavirus
pandemic began growing, all I could do was watch, like many of you, the
exponential growth. And like many of you, I have experienced anxiety and
fear of the unknown. Monday, April 27, I returned to work following my
maternity leave. Returning to work after maternity leave has an emotional
toll under normal circumstances; it is especially gut-wrenching, as you
can imagine, during a pandemic. Up until my return, my family had been
able to successfully isolate, but that would no longer be the case as
I would undoubtedly be caring for patients with COVID-19 at some point.
On my first day, I was tearful as I drove to work. To my surprise, as I
walked through the doors there were posters, sidewalk chalk ordered, and
yard art of encouragement. "Heroes work here," "thank you,"
"you are the heart of this community," and countless others
litter the front entrance. I have also seen where many local businesses,
organizations and private individuals have donated food, desserts, masks,
and other goods to the hospital and its employees. I would be afraid that
I would forget someone if I tried to mention them all, but I will instead
just provide a blanket "thank you" to this wonderful community
of Daviess County for making this anxious momma feel like the risks taken
may be worth it to serve such a loving community.