Two Local Doctors Share Their Personal Perspective on COVID-19 Pandemic< < Back to
As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic set in during March, some people put off medical procedures that were not immediately necessary. However, that could not be done with delivering babies.
They were born without regard for the impending pandemic and doctors were required to be at the ready to assist in their deliveries.
Dr. Jane Broecker, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist with OhioHealth Physician Groups Heritage College and Dr. Lucy Bucher, also an Obstetrician and Gynecologist had to work out a system of how they could continue to provide quality medical services but also keep their own families safe.
At first, they worked out office and hospital schedules so they could work in small groups like pods. They also employed telehealth systems to keep them and their patients safe. They isolated themselves in their own homes. They tested themselves often but they felt increasingly that they were in “significant peril.”
As the pandemic continued to spread, Dr. Broecker and Dr. Bucher became more concerned about taking the virus home with them to their unsuspecting families.
As a result, the two doctors, separated from their loved ones and moved into a house together in March. They stayed there until June. Although they saw their families with appropriate masking and social distancing, they didn’t live at home for over two months so they could continue their medical duties.
This is the kind of sacrifice that too often has gone unnoticed during the pandemic ordeal. Doctors, nurses, first responders and caregivers have been on the front lines since early March and the COVID-19 cases are still spiking to record levels.
On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, we hear the personal stories of Dr. Broecker and Dr. Bucher.
They also share their concerns about the increasing virus numbers and give advice on how to stay safe until a vaccine arrives.