A healthcare worker ran her own Boston Marathon to spell out "Boston Strong" but she spelled it wrong

It's wicked weird, kid, being stuck at home in Boston this April week, exactly 7 years after the last time I was stuck in this same home during this same exact April week for very different but still terrifying reasons.

But it made me feel a little better when I saw that Lindsay Devers, a nurse anesthetist at Massachusetts General Hospital, had designed her own 26.2-mile running route around Boston's Back Bay, in a way that spell out "Boston Strong" — harkening back to that fateful week in 2013 when the bombs went off.

It wasn't until after this healthy healthcare heroine completed her solo marathon trek that she realized that she forgot the "n" in "Strong." From CBC Radio:

"I pulled up the app and I instantly was like, oh no, I spelled it wrong ," she said.

Despite the initial frustration, Devers is keeping a good sense of humour about the gaffe.

"I think a lot of people are inspired by it. And a lot of people have had some really good laughs," she said. "So I think it's a great comic relief in this stressful period."

And honestly? That warms my quarantined heart even more.

Devers had already been training to run the Boston Marathon to raise money for Dream Big! Read the rest

Medical professionals and Healthcare providers are getting their pay cut while dealing with COVID-19

From ProPublica:

Most ER providers in the U.S. work for staffing companies that have contracts with hospitals. Those staffing companies are losing revenue as hospitals postpone elective procedures and non-coronavirus patients avoid emergency rooms. Health insurers are processing claims more slowly as they adapt to a remote workforce.


[A memo from Alteon Health, a major hospital staffing company] announced that the company would be reducing hours for clinicians, cutting pay for administrative employees by 20%, and suspending 401(k) matches, bonuses and paid time off. Holtzclaw indicated that the measures were temporary but didn’t know how long they would last.

From The Boston Globe:

Emergency room doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have been told some of their accrued pay is being held back. More than 1,100 Atrius Health physicians and staffers are facing reduced paychecks or unpaid furloughs, while pay raises for medical staff at South Shore Health, set for April, are being delayed.

From Twitter, which is what lead me down this wormhole in the first place:

Good thing we paid billions in bailouts to airlines and other corporations. Granted, the coronavirus stimulus bill did provide $100 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers, but it seems that none of that is trickling down to the people on the front lines keeping us alive. Read the rest

'Thank you all in emergency for saving my wife's life,' man tells coronavirus-fighting nurses

“All the feels,” said the New Jersey nurse who snapped this photograph. “I love my job!” Read the rest