Billed as a “Welcome Back” celebration for the July Fourth Weekend, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley invited healthcare workers to lead the Annapolis parade as part of a citywide “thank you” for helping to get us through the pandemic. A group of healthcare heroes from Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center (LHAAMC) proudly marched behind a banner celebrating COVID-19 Front Line Workers.
“After this most challenging year, it is nice to be honored by the communities we serve,” said Barbara Jacobs, Vice President, Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer for Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center. “I am proud to walk with all the doctors, nurses, and staff who worked tirelessly to care for patients during the pandemic. They are all incredibly brave and appreciate this recognition. Thank you Mayor Buckley for leading the effort to honor our health care teams.”
This comes at a time when COVID numbers have drastically decreased in the last two months. With both state and county positivity rates now under 1%, LHAAMC ended its COVID-19 Incident Command structure July 1, 2021. In the past week, the hospital had fewer than three COVID related hospitalizations.
“As someone who has been on the frontlines during the pandemic, it’s a relief to see us heading in the right direction,” said Jean Murray RN MSN CIC, System Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology. “The COVID vaccine has led us to this moment. I am proud to celebrate America’s Independence and the end of COVID-19 restrictions. Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to help end this pandemic.”
Luminis Health has administered more than 101,500 vaccines in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. The health system recently received a $2.2 million state grant to expand efforts to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to vulnerable.