Even with light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel in the form of vaccines, medical experts said the pandemic’s toll on mental health a year into the crisis is significant.
Maria Parente is a registered nurse who, these days, is working 12-hour shifts at Maimonides Medical Center. And that’s on a “good day.”
“For a chaplain or priest to be there, it gives them some sense of peace and calm … and moments like this put us [chaplains] in a situation to exercise pastoral judgement. It’s about giving compassion, empathy and care. Bringing comfort to the family — that’s at the core of pastoral care, of what we do.”
On Thanksgiving Day, overindulgence is often part of the holiday ritual. Dr. Ira Mayer, director of gastroenterology at Maimonides Hospital, Brooklyn, shares advice to help aid digestion.
Local pastors enjoyed a foretaste of Christmas when Maimonides Medical Center, Borough Park, kicked off its annual Celebration of Light program Nov. 8.