July 29, 2021

The ceremony takes place every time a person dies at a HCA Healthcare hospital including those at HealthONE in Denver. As the pandemic continues, it represents a way for doctors and nurses to manage stress and burnout.

“Sometimes when we declare [the] time of death, it is tough to have that closure,” says Laura-Anne Cleveland, associate chief nursing officer at Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC). “We are running to the next patient or next thing. The pause gives the ability to actually identify and recognize that there was a person whose life was lost. And that it means something to everyone in that room.”

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