With the help of volunteers, a Dallas family delivers personalized gifts to over 100 health care workers in COVID-19 units

At first, Kelly Jenkins didn’t think she should fill out one of the “favorite things” forms.

They’d been left in a break room at Parkland Hospital, where the charge nurse works from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in one of three COVID-19 units. A note explained that a Dallas family wanted to show its appreciation for health care workers through a personalized gift bag or basket.

“I thought: That’s so sweet of someone, but I don’t deserve that,” said Jenkins, 30. “This is my job, this is what I’m here to do.”

The initiative was started by two sisters, Heather Duge, 39, and Annemarie Hardee, 31, and their mom Bobbi Campbell, who was a nurse for over 40 years. The mother and daughters all live about five minutes apart in Lake Highlands. With COVID-19 cases remaining high, they wanted to show front-line workers that their work is still valued, even

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Mobile medical units deployed as Beirut health system copes after explosion – Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Weeks after a horrific explosion devastated the Lebanese capital, Beirut, views of smouldering wreckage are being steadily replaced by scenes of collective action. Community members and partner organizations are providing health care and meeting other basic needs, such as food and water, in addition to repairing badly damaged homes.

As part of these efforts, UNFPA is working with Al Makassed and Amel associations to run mobile medical units that provide life-saving medical care and reproductive health services to affected women. “After the explosion, a lot of help was sent to downtown, Gemmayze and Mar Mikhael. With our mobile medical units, we move where there is a need,” said Mohammad Al Zayed, a health coordinator with Amel Association.

The two mobile units are particularly important for women who cannot afford to pay for consultations or medicine at clinics, and for those living in areas where health services have

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Understanding Hospital Acronyms for Floors and Units

If you or your loved one is in the hospital, you may be struggling to make sense of all the acronyms that represent the different floors and units of the institution.

The following acronyms are frequently used in hospitals to describe where the patient is receiving care before, during, and after surgery. They may vary somewhat between facilities but these are fairly standard in the United States.


The emergency room, also referred to as the emergency department, is where you’re first seen after a sudden and serious illness or injury. You may arrive at the ER by private transportation or by ambulance.

Care is provided according to the severity of your illness rather than by when you arrived. This is because an individual who’s having a heart attack requires immediate treatment, while those with less serious injuries are able to wait.

The general rule of thumb is that if

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