Let's do it! Let's keep our Christmas lights up and show our support for our healthcare heroes in New Hampshire and beyond.

Frontline healthcare officials along with our first responders are in deep again and burning out fast, if not already there. In fact, COVID-19 cases continue to rise, according to Foster's Daily Democrat, strangling hospital resources as the Delta and Omicron variants sweep through New Hampshire.

One nurse I spoke with from St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua said that January will be especially tough coming off the holiday travel, celebrations, and gatherings.

She agrees with the report in the New Hampshire Bulletin that it is burnout and not mandates that healthcare officials say are the driving factor to exhaustion.

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HCA New Hampshire hospitals of Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Parkland Medical Center, and Portsmouth Regional Hospital have officially kicked off Keep Your Lights Up for Healthcare Heroes, and they're asking you to please do it through Jan. 31, 2022.

In a release from Frisbee Memorial Hospital, Tom Wold, chief medical officer of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, said:

“Healthcare heroes have been fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic for almost two years, sacrificing time with their families, putting themselves in harm's way, and working long hours to take care of others. We know

our healthcare heroes are tired, but they continue to put others first and care for the sickest patients in our hospitals, doctors' offices, ambulances, and all across our communities.”


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It's very simple to get involved. Click here for the full details.

And of course, don't forget to use #LightsUp4Heroes. 

Wold also noted in the release that COVID-19 restrictions that keep family members away mean that everyone working in our hospitals, doctors' offices, assisted care facilities, in medical teams, and other support staff are more than just caregivers to those with COVID-19. They also are the supportive voices and cheerleaders helping them fight the virus.

Let's in turn help them.

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