SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — Over the past year, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s has seen many patients suffer from COVID-19.
Now, their staff is commemorating those who came through their doors needing help fighting COVID, both those who were hospitalized and discharged, and those who passed away.
“It was very hard at first as a brand new nurse. This was my first time experiencing these kinds of things. I relied on my friends and family, they were always supportive,” said Registered Nurse Cynthia Venegas.
A display in the hospital’s chapel features two groups of flowers. To one side are vases of yellow carnations — each flower represents a patient who had been admitted, but has since recovered and been discharged.
To the other side are a couple of vases of white carnations which represent those who have passed away.
Venegas says this display is to serve as a reminder of everything that has happened in the past year.
“I can’t believe I’m going to be a nurse for a year already, it’s kind of hard for me to believe. It was really hard in the beginning, now it’s gotten a lot better. The patients that are coming in now aren’t as sick as they were when they first started coming in,” said Venegas.
Now that she’s finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, Venegas says she hopes everyone continues to do their part so as not to repeat the trying year that many have had.
“People getting the vaccine whenever it’s available to them. Continue to wear a mask, continue to social distance. Take care of yourself and others,” said Venegas.
Another way the hospital is reflecting on the past year is through yard signs along Pierce Street that say, “tough times don’t last, caring people do.”