Dr. Attila Szabó, Vice-Rector for Clinical Affairs, President of the Clinical Centre and Dr. József Gajdácsi, Director-General of the Directorate General for Medicine visited nearly 20 COVID patient care divisions of the university in the past few days, by following the epidemiological safety requirements, and expressed their appreciation to the colleagues working there with an award certificate and Christmas presents.
“The year 2020 was determined by COVID-19 epidemic in health care, therefore in the life of Semmelweis University as well. The employees of the university’s Clinical Centre were and are continuously taking part in the fight against coronavirus. We aimed at recognizing their exemplary attitude and long-standing conscientious work as we are now approaching Christmas”, said Dr. Attila Szabó, Vice-Rector for Clinical Affairs, President of the Clinical Centre, who handed the award certificates to the COVID-19 patient care department heads in person, together with Dr. József Gajdácsi, Director-General of the Directorate General for Medicine.
On 21 December, Dr. Attila Szabó and Dr. József Gajdácsi met with the department heads of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy; the Department of Neurology; the Department of Pulmonology; the Department of Internal Medicine; the Department of Urology; the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy; the Emergency Department; the 2nd Department of Surgery; the Department of Laboratory Medicine; the Medical Imaging Centre as well as the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and expressed their appreciation for all the colleagues working there, including those employees, who were relocated to the departments from other institutes. On 22 December, Dr. Szabó and Dr. Gajdácsi visited the following departments and met with their department heads: the Department of Internal Medicine and Haematology; the Department of Geriatrics and Nursing Science Centre of Szent Rókus Clinical Block; the Heart and Vascular Centre; the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; 1st Department of Pediatrics; as well as departments responsible for the background support of the clinics and the university, namely the Directorate of Healthcare Management; the Directorate of Nursing Leadership and Health Care Professionals’ Education; the Department of Hospital Hygiene and the Directorate of Healthcare Networking Management.
Semmelweis University has been taking part in the fight against COVID-19 since the onset of the epidemic – Dr. Attila Szabó highlighted. In spring, primarily the establishment of the screening system as well as the development of a coronavirus-specific patient care system were in the center of the work performed by the organization units. However, in autumn, during the second wave of the epidemic, the workload of the departments has increased significantly: the employees have been actively participating in the fight against coronavirus in a self-sacrificing way for months.
“The award certificate and Christmas presents are just symbolic gestures of the Clinical Centre, yet we considered it very important to be able to thank our colleagues for their hard work personally in these hard times, by of course following the epidemiological safety requirements”, the Vice-Rector for Clinical Affairs said.
Photo: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University
Translation: Katalin Illés-Romhányi