(CBS Detroit)– In an effort to fight against COVID-19 the Environmental Services team at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, uses a UV robot when cleaning and sanitizing rooms. The team named their newest machine Lamont, in honor of a special colleague.
“I realized how one person can make a huge difference, and I wanted everybody to know what he did.” said Zdenka Jonic the Environmental Service Manager at HFH West BloomfieldREAD MORE: Rolling Stone Magazine Named ‘Respect’ #1 Song Of All Time
Jonic is speaking about Dr. Lamont Jones. In the spring when COVID-19 cases were at peak levels and elective surgeries were canceled, Dr. Jones decided to use his free time to help out another department in need.
“I thought it would be a simple and easy thing to do, to help support the hospital.”
Dr. Jones traded in his lab coat for cleaning scrubs, grabbed a UV robot, and went to work cleaning the rooms of COVID-19 patients. Jonic says at a time when the EVS department was experiencing a critical staff shortage.
“At some point Environmental Services reached about 50% shortage in the department.”READ MORE: Trump Endorses Election Fraud Lawyer For Michigan AG
Not only did Dr. Jones help fulfill the staffing gap, he says he also encouraged others in his department to join in.
“Once I did the first shift I sent an email out to see if others were interested.”
“I’m like oh my God, people were signing up for shifts I mean for two months.” Jonic said during an interview
Everyone from doctors to nurses and physician assistants covered about 100 shifts, a perfect example of those coming together for colleagues in need. All prompted by a surgeon who was forced to take a pause during a global pandemic.
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