By Jared MacDonald, Operations Manager, City Creek Post Acute Care, Salt Lake City, UT

May 15 marked our one-month mark of becoming a COVID-only building. We are excited at where we’ve been and where we are going.

First off, thank you! Thank you for all the calls, the messages, the food, the signs, the support, the staff, the prayers, and most of all thank you for helping us see what it truly means to love one another. We know it sounds cheesy but honestly, there have been many things in the past month that have brought us to tears of gratitude for your help and support. We could not be where we are today without your help, so thank you.

In the past month, we have admitted 55 patients and discharged 21. Thanks to our remarkable clinical team, both those on site and those from other buildings, we have a live to date hospital readmission rate of 3.63% and a mortality rate of 3.63%. Those numbers are remarkable in comparison to both the state and national average. This truly shows that on the clinical front, we are succeeding. This plan is making a difference, and we thank you for your support in helping us be what and where we are today.

We’ve started a tradition of ringing bells and cheering as our residents are brought down the hall and sent outside to meet family and friends. We will never forget holding the hands of an 87-year-old as we cheered for her successful discharge back home. Tears streamed down her face as she thanked each one of us for helping her fully recover. We hope you know, especially all you DONs, that you were just as much a part of that successful discharge. Thank you!

Thank you to all of you who have rallied your staff, conducted interviews, and spoken with your friends and families.

Today we had a call with members of the state and local task force. They expressed their appreciation for what we are doing. Dr. Spaulding from Intermountain Health said that this was one of the best teams he has ever worked with. We have and we will continue to attribute our success to the support we’ve received from the market. They know of your greatness and of the countless hours you’ve spent in helping make City Creek what it is. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!