Clinical Coordinator Diresha Rush Puts Patient Care Above Her Own Hurricane Concerns

TrialSite News will soon be introducing a Clinical Coordinator Watch section of the news.  Clinical Coordinators are the ‘invisible hand” supporting clinical research and are critically important for a well run, professional and ethical trial.  So with that in mind we read an ABC11 reports that many health care facilities have been evacuated along the southeastern U.S. coast, as Hurricane Florence threatens the region. But at the Davis Community assisted living facility in Wilmington, North Carolina, they’re sheltering in place. “Those people who are critical care … it would be difficult for us to move them hours away,” CEO Charles Long said. “We may get stuck on the bus, in traffic, and it would be very difficult to care for them. “That’s why we have made the decision to enhance our emergency services on site, stay on site, re-evaluate after the storm and then leave if we need to.” There are close to 600 people taking shelter at the Davis Community, including patients, staff and their families, as well as any family pets, Long said. Diresha Rush, a clinical coordinator and licensed practical nurse at the facility, said that it’s her job to take care of her patients, regardless of the weather.
“These people’s loved ones are counting on me to be here and take care of their loved ones through this, and to make sure they’re safe and [that they] make it out of this,” she said. Rush, who is staying at the home with family, said she brought 10 days’ worth of clothes, and that her real concern isn’t at the nursing home but rather for her own home, which is prone to flooding. “We’ll have to see what is left at home once this is all over,” she said. The campus, which holds a mix of assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab facilities, is doubling as a shelter for other facilities to weather the storm, too. And they are prepared, Long, the CEO, said.