This past year changed the way we lived. It placed the most critical healthcare crisis at our doorstep. It kept us separate, yet brought us together. It challenged us, yet we held strong.  Atrium Health looks back at a year like no other, where we honor those we lost, celebrate our healthcare heroes and begin healing as a community.

Coronavirus Updates | 8 months ago

COVID-19 One Year Later: A Look Back at Providing Health, Hope and Healing

As we reach the one year mark in which the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, we spoke to several healthcare heroes who took some time to reflect upon their year and provide a glimpse into what it's looked like from their point of view. From managing hospital operations to braving the COVID-19 ICU floor as a nurse fresh out of school, these teammates have adapted and thrived in order to provide health, hope and healing for our communities during this unprecedented time. Join us in expressing our gratitude to these healthcare heroes! 

This past year changed the way we lived. It placed the most critical healthcare crisis at our doorstep. It kept us separate, yet brought us together. It challenged us, yet we held strong. Atrium Health looks back at a year like no other, where we honor those we lost, celebrate our healthcare heroes and begin healing as a community.

Hear from some of our healthcare heroes as they reflect upon this past year, and how they've been able to adapt to ensure we improve health, elevate hope and advance healing for our communities during this unprecedented time.


A Year in Review: Ito Eyo 🩺

Medical Intensive Care nurse, Ito Eyo, graduated from nursing school and was immediately hired to work in the COVID ICU at Atrium Health. Hear from her as she reflects back on her first year as a nurse while working during the most challenging year in healthcare.


A Year in Review: Dr. Gary Little 🏥

Dr. Little, senior vice president and chief medical officer of the Charlotte region at Atrium Health reflects back on the challenges and the achievements of operating a hospital during a global pandemic and what this means for healthcare moving forward.


A Year in Review: Dr. James Rachal 🧠

Hear from Dr. James Rachal, medical director of Atrium Health Behavioral Health Charlotte, on the impact COVID-19 has made on the mental health of our community, the long-term effects of living through a pandemic and how healing from this virus is more than just physical.


A Year in Review: Dr. Katie Pasaretti 😷

She’s been the face of COVID-19 for a year. She was the first person to receive the vaccination in the state of North Carolina and the expert we turned to in a time of great challenge. Hear from Dr. Katie Passaretti, medical director of infection prevention at Atrium Health, as she takes us back to day-one of this virus, the biggest challenges she’s faced and the lessons she hopes we all take away from this past year.


A Year in Review: Dr. David Callaway 🚑

Dr. Callaway, professor of Emergency Medicine at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, reflects on a year like no other and takes you inside the emergency department during the worst medical crisis in recent history, the COVID-19 pandemic.