Uab Hospital

The University of Alabama in Birmingham is on the front lines of both the treatment of coronavirus patients and research.

In Alabama, by far most of the positive COVID-19 cases are found in Birmingham and Jefferson County. Emergency room and critical care nurses are used to dealing with all kinds of medical challenges, but UAB’s chief nursing officer Terri Poe said her people are meeting the challenge of taking care of patients, while also looking out for each other.

“You know, our physicians and respiratory therapist and physical therapist, that part of the team is so important, that we continue to communicate,” she said. “Our clinics have done a great job, our emergency department kind of keeping people home that need to stay home. We’ve been very creative and communication’s probably the No. 1 attribute to that.”

Poe said that if she could give a message to everyone at home, it is this: UAB, its staff and health care professionals in all communities are doing all they can to make sure Alabama becomes a healthy place to work and live once again. But, they need compliance to reach this goal.

“Please don’t get out of your house,” Poe said. “If you need us for true emergent care, we’re here for you, but take another means. E-medicine is awesome; I know a lot of our clinics are answering the phones, longer hours than ever, please take advantage of that opportunity. Stay home, social distance if you have to go to the grocery store, pay attention to the shopping cart, wipe it down before you touch it, don’t take anything home to your family and friends.”

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