COVID Frontlines

Eric Morgan ’02

By September 18, 2020 No Comments

PharmD, Chief Executive Officer — Prattville Baptist Hospital

Prattville, Ala.

 

How has your line of work been affected by COVID-19?

COVID-19 has changed the way that we do everything at the hospital. Below are a few examples of the many things that we do differently to maintain team member and patient safety:

Screening stations at all entrances to Baptist Health facilities
Mandatory masking requirement at all Baptist Health facilities
Visitor restrictions
External drive-up Coronavirus Clinics
Increased supply chain acquisition of personal protective equipment

Can you describe the current situation in your workplace?

Our primary focus is team member and patient safety. By implementing the above measures, among others, we work constantly to reduce the exposure of our team members and patients to COVID-19. This has been a challenge unlike any other, but the complexity and dire effects of the health crisis have allowed us to become a stronger, more resilient organization.

What have the last few weeks been like, in your own words?

Challenging but rewarding. I could not be prouder of how all of the team members of Baptist Health have risen to meet the challenges of COVID-19 and continue to do so with resilience and positive outlooks on a daily basis. It’s such a blessing to work alongside professionals who awake every day with the sole intention of wanting to serve and care for others in their greatest times of need.

How has your home or personal life been affected by the pandemic?

Our personal life has been significantly affected, just as it has been for everyone. We have young children and they have not been able to participate in school, church or other extracurricular activities. We have been grateful for the opportunity for them to participate in these things remotely through Google Classroom, Zoom, etc. Additionally, the distractions of pre-COVID life have minimized greatly, allowing our family greater moments quality time together.

How did Auburn prepare you for your current role?

Some of the key things that I learned while at Auburn are the ability to critically think, problem-solve and understand the “why?” Responding to a pandemic is something that most of us have never experienced before. The ability to understand the issue, consider the downstream effects and make thoughtful decisions is key in dealing with challenging situations.

How do you stay positive during these difficult times?

Faith in God keeps me positive each day. I also have the privilege of working alongside true heroes. Their amazing ability to care for patients and fellow team members in these difficult times is truly inspiring.