Birth of a Vision
When the news broke about an outbreak of COVID-19, the thought that the coronavirus would ever be a threat to the United States was far from anyone’s mind. Within a few weeks, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic. The world was about to encounter the greatest threat to the health, safety, and economic wellbeing of its citizens in modern times. Dr. Gary Morsch is an emergency medicine physician and founder of Docs Who Care, one of the largest ER staffing companies in the Midwest. He recognized the unprecedented demands that would soon be placed on the 100+ hospitals his group serves. It was time to act! A proposal was quickly developed and shared with the leadership of Heart to Heart International, a global humanitarian organization that Dr. Morsch also helped found. The vision was shared, and soon both Docs Who Care and Heart to Heart International formed a partnership to create the “COVID Care Force.”
To quickly mobilize a group of healthcare professionals to deploy to hotspots and areas of critical healthcare staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this volunteer force will be to serve wherever the need is greatest, whether in urban areas, or in community hospitals across rural America.
Our healthcare system is being stretched to the breaking point and beyond. The foundation is its professional workforce, in particular, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. This pandemic is overwhelming the capabilities of hospitals and emergency departments across the nation and globally, particularly in specific geographic hotspots. Now is the time for “All hands on deck!” Where will we find the additional healthcare professionals? Both Heart to Heart International and Docs Who Care are robust and highly respected organizations that have over 50 combined years of recruiting and deploying healthcare professionals to serve people in need. Heart to Heart has built a world-class reputation as one of the premier global disaster response organizations, with experience treating Ebola and Cholera patients. Docs Who Care has built a world-class reputation as one of the nation’s premier rural healthcare staffing companies. Docs Who Care brings a wealth of connections to hospitals and their leadership throughout the Midwest. We believe there are a great number of healthcare professionals standing on the sidelines, who, in the face of catastrophic need, are willing to stand up and declare, “Send me! No matter the personal risk or inconvenience, tell me where the greatest need is, and I’ll go!”
We Need You!
The Time to act is now
The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the globe more rapidly and more viciously than anyone imagined. The epicenter of this global pandemic is now the United States. Our hospitals are already being overwhelmed in New York and California, and they have put out a call for volunteers to step forward. Soon this scourge will sweep across America, and every hospital in every city and town will be overrun with COVID patients. We must do everything possible to raise up a great force of volunteer healthcare professionals across this land. Though the task is daunting, we must try, no matter how difficult, no matter how risky, no matter how impossible the odds! Perhaps dedicated healthcare professionals have come to this time in history “for such a time as this!”
Join the COVID Care Force!
Everyone can join the Force!
You can sign the COVID Pledge!
If you are a healthcare professional, complete the “Healthcare Professional Profile!”
You can donate to support the mobilization of doctors and nurses and others in the battle against COVID!
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