“My whole focus in life is supporting people to live their best lives, including patients and healthcare communities,” says. Dr. Amanda Brisebois, medical director at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital and associate chief medical officer for Covenant Health. “My role really considers the people and teams in all aspects of patient care throughout the hospital and looks at them through the physicians’ perspective.”
She appreciates how Covenant Health takes an interdisciplinary approach, which makes the team one big family regardless of role. The pandemic is a time of change and uncertainty for many, and working collaboratively with different groups is valuable.
“The Grey Nuns Hospital doesn’t exist in isolation; we’re part of the Edmonton zone. I’m very proud of how we’ve all come together in the zone. During COVID, the medical directors in all of the hospitals in Edmonton are having regular meetings, and they’ll continue after the pandemic,” says Amanda. “We’ve become a much tighter knit community of providers. I think that’s awesome!
“There will be learnings from the pandemic, and they will help us create better systems for ourselves and our patients. I believe patients will come out on top at the end of the day.”
She adds that the pressures of working in a pandemic also increases the need to take personal time. “We need to find the space that allows us to be people in the world, not just people focused on COVID 24/7.”
Amanda’s message to all is a reminder that we are in this together and we need to support each other. “We’re a big collective team, and there are lots of supports available to help get us through this together. You are not alone. We’ll come out stronger on the other side.”
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