EDISON, NJ – A Dunellen woman received a celebratory sendoff earlier this week upon discharge from a local hospital.

On the evening of April 27, doctors, nurses, and medical personnel lined the halls of Hackensack Meridian JFK Medical Center in Edison and the theme from ‘Rocky’ played on the overhead speaker as Daisy Guardado was ‘clapped-out’ as the 600th patient to be sent home after contracting COVID-19.

Since visitors are not permitted in hospitals at this time, JFK team members, said Chief Hospital Executive Amie Thornton, has been working to make patient stays more comfortable. ‘We have secured iPads to support patients in communicating with loved ones [and] team members on nursing units also have a routine schedule to update families on patient status every four hours,” she said.

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As of press time, there are just under 200 COVID patients being treated for COVID at JFK. “Middlesex County and Central New Jersey have been heavily impacted by the COVID outbreak, but JFK continues to treat both COVID as well as patients with other conditions requiring hospitalization,” Thornton said.

“The fact is, this is a new disease [and] there is much to learn regarding the presentation and progression,” she added. “Neither the patient nor the physician can fully anticipate how the treatment and recovery will progress. Dealing with the uncertainty is a unique challenge in the fight to recover.”

A video of the clap out celebrating Guardado’s discharge can be viewed below

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