Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, daily acts of heroism have been on display from workers on the front lines in the healthcare field.
The Sugar Land Skeeters are immensely grateful for those putting their lives on the line to stop the spread of this virus. That includes our partners at Memorial Hermann healthcare system, whose work in our community has proven to be especially invaluable of late.
We are able to catch up with Skeeters Medical Director Dr. Vincent Joe Mandola and Skeeters Head Athletic Trainer Max Mahaffey who’ve continued to make the organization proud and thankful to partner with Memorial Hermann.
“The day-to-day for many doctors and especially sports medicine doctors are probably different than most imagine,” Mandola said. “There are no sports, so from a patient standpoint I’m not seeing as many patients as normal. On top of that we are actively screening patients to try and keep possibly COVID-19 infected individuals out of facilities unless they are sick enough that they need hospitalization.”
A major initiative for Mandola and his colleagues is writing and rewriting protocols to help stop the spread of the virus. These protocols have been updated sometimes hourly and place an emphasis on scheduling e-visits with patients. Mandola and Mahaffey are also coming up with protocols for the Skeeters for when the 2020 season commences.
[These protocols] are something that would normally take months to a year which we implemented here in about 10 days,” Mandola said.
For Mahaffey and the rest of the Memorial Hermann Outreach Athletic Trainers, mandatory screening for employees and patients have been taking place. They’ve also helped deliver critical medical supplies to area clinics to help meet the rising demands.
“Without any sports or events for us to provide athletic training coverage for, we are helping out throughout the Memorial Hermann system however we can,” Mahaffey said.
Both Mahaffey and Mandola implore people to follow social-distancing guidelines, quarantining when necessary and washing your hands. If you’re feeling sick, they suggest calling your doctor’s office as the protocols they have been putting in place will guide a patient from there to keep the patient and the community safe.
A way to give back to the heroes at Memorial Hermann would be by donating any unused personal-protective equipment from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Monday-Friday at Constellation Field -- click HERE for more information.
From all of us with the Sugar Land Skeeters, we thank our friends at Memorial Hermann and healthcare workers around the world on the frontlines fighting this pandemic.