Presbyterian frontline workers began receiving their first COVID-19 vaccines in mid-December, offering hope for an end to the pandemic.
Employees like ICU nurse Chris Gonzalez spoke with local media about watching multiple members of the same family lose their lives to COVID-19. He was one of the first employees to receive a vaccine to protect himself, his family and his patients.
By mid-February, Dr. Denise Gonzales, a pulmonologist and critical care physician, said hope is in the air as colleagues are also treating fewer COVID-19 patients and treatments have improved.
"People are smiling. They are optimistic," she told The New York Times. "They're making plans for the future."