LI hospital launches 'Face Behind the Mask' program to ease COVID-19 patient anxiety

Stony Brook University Hospital Face Behind The Mask
Photo credit Stony Brook University Hospital

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A nurse practitioner at a hospital on Long Island has come up with a way to make patients feel less anxious and alone as they receive treatment for COVID-19. 

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Health care workers at Stony Brook University Hospital have started wearing signs with photos of themselves on their gowns so patients can see their faces as they receive care, the medical center said in a release Thursday. 

Nurse practitioner April Plank came up with the idea after she started working in one of the hospital’s COVID units, the release noted. 

“I care about you!” a message next to Plank’s photo reads in both English and Spanish. “We’re going to get through this together!”

The new measure allows patients “to know their caregivers by sight,” even while their faces are covered by masks and other personal protective equipment, according to the release. 

“The Face Behind the Mask will be piloted in one unit to start, before being deployed elsewhere throughout the hospital,” the release said. 

Patients are also being given the chance to speak with their loved ones via smart phones and iPads, the hospital noted.

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