An Emotional Message From MMC Intensive Care Unit Nurses Won MaineHealth Videographer a Regional Emmy® Award
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PORTLAND, Maine – A video capturing the thoughts and emotions of Maine Medical Center (MMC) critical care nurses as they cared for unvaccinated patients during the Delta COVID-19 outbreak won MaineHealth’s videographer Charlie Berg a regional Emmy® Award at the Wang Theater in Boston on Saturday night. The story, titled “Interior view of Maine Medical Center ICU nurses caring for unvaccinated COVID-19 patientswas posted on the MaineHealth YouTube page and other social media channels on September 2, 2021 to encourage vaccination against COVID-19, and has now been viewed over 750,000 times.
Berg shot, edited and produced the video, but credits its power to the intensive care nurses who spoke to him about the impact the climb takes on them and their community. He went to intensive care that day expecting his story to center on an unvaccinated patient whose experience with COVID-19 left him wishing he had chosen vaccination. As he started talking to the nurses Chani Marcoux, inf., Britney Meunier, RN, Danielle Poulin, NPand Kimberly Matheson, RNhe knew their stories were equally important because they were not just speaking for themselves, but for the patients they had lost.
“The truth is, I showed up one day with a camera and nurses and frontline care teams have been doing this for two years, putting their lives on the line,” Berg said. “It was important to them that people see the unnecessary pain and suffering that patients, families and healthcare teams went through when effective vaccines were available. It was important to me that this story be told.
When the Regional Emmy® was announced, Marcoux, Meunier, Poulin and Matheson took the stage with Berg to accept the award. Berg introduced the nurses, who received a standing ovation.
“Charlie was really able to portray and get the message of what it’s like to be a critical care nurse during the pandemic and the importance of vaccination,” miller said. “Inviting us to be part of the Emmys was so special.”
“Just being recognized, not only that night, but also with the number of times the video has been viewed, was emotional for us,” Marcoux said. “For us, this award is for the patients we lost, those who died without their families with us alone there. They are always in our minds.
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About Maine Health:
MaineHealth is an integrated nonprofit health system whose vision is “Working together to make our communities the healthiest in America.” It consists of nine local health systems, a comprehensive behavioral health care network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and 1,700 employed providers working together through the MaineHealth Medical Group. With approximately 22,000 employees, MaineHealth provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents of Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH, Mid Coast -Parkview Health in Brunswick, NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland, and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He is also an important player in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.