Gritman Family Exceeds Every Expectation in COVID-19 Response
An unprecedented collective effort among doctors, providers, nurses and staff throughout 2020 showed us all what’s possible when the Gritman Family comes together in a crisis.
Each and every member of the Gritman team played a critical role in sustaining care during a year of constant uncertainty—the frontline staff who for over a year have been screening patients for fever, the emergency response teams who rallied together during early lockdown, the nursing crews who devoted months to testing and vaccination, and hundreds of others who worked together to ensure our commitment to exceptional care never wavered.
While we had to limit public access to the hospital and clinics, the spirit of our community never stopped pouring through. Thanks to warm-hearted volunteers and organizations across this region, Gritman was the grateful recipient of thousands of handmade cloth face masks because of global PPE shortages. We felt a genuine connection with every single person who worked to supply frontline health care workers with the supplies they needed during an unprecedented health care crisis. We’re grateful to community partners like the University of Idaho and others who generously shared PPE and other critical equipment.
With foundational support from across the greater Palouse community, our employees mobilized to stay open for care and ensure the safety of our patients. Drive-through testing, mass-testing sites, a testing lab, and a monthslong mass vaccination operation helped steer residents of our region toward a safer future during the pandemic.
The faces in the below photo gallery represent only a small fraction of the herculean efforts that wouldn’t have been possible without the entire Gritman Family and our community. We are proud of what our employees have been able to accomplish, and grateful to have worked with so many partners throughout the region.
It’s impossible to say thank you enough, and to everyone who lent a helping hand. While we have turned a corner in learning to prevent, manage and live with this new disease, the biggest lesson we may have learned is that we live in a truly wonderful place filled with caring friends and neighbors.
Pictured in the above gallery: Gritman Medical Center, nurses, physicians, and staff all stepped up to help protect the greater community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured at top: Idaho National Guard Sgt. Jacob Eiland receives Gritman Medical Center’s ceremonial 10,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose April 16 from Gritman Pharmacy Technician Sheri Mosley at our mass-vaccine site. The event honored clinic staff for their hard work in ramping up Latah County COVID-19 vaccine distribution and recognized partnerships with the University of Idaho and the Idaho National Guard that helped make our community pandemic response possible.