April 14, 2020 – Earlier today,one of the youngest patients treated at Richmond University Medical Center for COVID-19 was sent home to the loving arms of his family after a joyous sendoff from hospital staff. The patient, whose name and information are withheld at his parents’ request, will continue his recovery at home here on Staten Island. The patient was treated by Dr. Melissa Grageda and many of the nurses and staff in the hospital’s pediatrics department.
“It’s the best part of my job to see a critical patient with COVID-19 improve and go home to his family,” Dr. Grageda said. “I feel blessed to be part of such a dedicated RUMC team that makes this happen. A big thanks to every pediatric front liner including nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, nurse aides, housekeeping and a very supportive hospital leadership.”
Hospital staff cheered and applauded as the young man was wheeled to the elevators for discharge and into the arms of his waiting father. To date, over 180 COVID-19 positive patients have been treated and released from Richmond University Medical Center.
To view a video of the discharge, click here.