Mercy Medical Center to Commemorate One-year Anniversary of COVID-19 Pandemic

SPRINGFIELD — On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Today, March 11, 2021, Trinity Health Of New England’s four acute-care hospitals will gather at their respective locations to acknowledge the one-year anniversary, to thank colleagues who worked and continue to work tirelessly to care for patients, and to remember the lives lost to COVID-19.

Joined by local first responders, Mercy Medical Center colleagues will gather at 10 a.m. outside the main entrance to the hospital. Deborah Bitsoli, president of Mercy Medical Center; Bradley Harmon, Mercy’s executive director of Mission Integration; and several clinical colleagues will reflect on their experience and journey through the pandemic. During this solemn service, the lives lost during COVID-19 will be remembered, and the unwavering efforts of colleagues during the pandemic will be honored.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a uniquely challenging moment in history for healthcare workers, particularly those on the front lines. This service on the one-year anniversary of the global pandemic is intended to offer colleagues and the community an opportunity to remember those who are no longer with us, pay tribute to Trinity Health Of New England’s healthcare heroes, and commemorate the unforgettable events of this unprecedented global health crisis.