MaineHealth Videographer Wins Regional Emmy®
Videographer Charlie Berg won in the health/medicine-abbreviated content category for the story titled “Inside View of Maine Medical Center ICU Nurses Caring for Unvaccinated COVID-19 Patients.”
PORTLAND — A video capturing the thoughts and emotions of intensive care nurses at Maine Medical Center (MMC) as they cared for unvaccinated patients during the Delta COVID-19 surge earned MaineHealth videographer Charlie Berg a Regional Emmy® Award at the Wang Theater in Boston on Saturday night. The story, titled “Inside View of Maine Medical Center ICU Nurses Caring for Unvaccinated COVID-19 Patients,” was posted on MaineHealth’s YouTube page and other social media channels on September 2, 2021 to encourage vaccination against COVID-19. 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. When he started talking to nurses Chani Marcoux, RN, Britney Meunier, RN, Danielle Poulin, NP, and Kimberly Matheson, RN, he knew their stories were equally important because they not only spoke for themselves , but also for the patients they have 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 vaccinations,” Meunier 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 was 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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