Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic and hospitals in the Inland Northwest are treating more patients than any other time since it began. According to one ICU nurse manager, the patients are younger and sicker. This comes while there is a vaccine that can prevent the most serious complications from the virus. Still, there’s a disconnect between what’s happening inside the hospitals and what’s happening in our daily lives.
That’s why 4 News Now worked with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center to bring journalists inside the ICU. If people don’t believe what they hear, maybe they’ll believe what they see with their own eyes.
For this story, Providence worked with 4 News Now to show the realities while protecting patient information. In what is an unusual move for journalism, we’re allowing Providence leadership to screen the video. They’re not screening for content or messaging, only to make sure patient names and personal information are protected. Our cameras were allowed to shoot whatever was happening in the hospital and caregivers were allowed to speak freely without guidance on messaging from hospital staff and leadership.