At one New Jersey hospital, it's become a nightly race against the clock, with too many patients and not enough equipment, and not enough space. Now, Holy Name Medical Center is like a lot of hospitals in New Jersey – particularly in the north – who are making desperate pleas for help as they reach capacity.
After serving in Operation Desert Storm and spending 25 years as a Park Ridge, N.J., police officer, Scott Laughton is finding himself in the line of fire once again in his new job as a registered nurse at Holy Name Medical Center. Just a few months on the job, he has already seen colleagues fall sick from coronavirus, and he is terrified of infecting his family. Yet, he continues because this is who he is.
After retiring from law enforcement after 25 years, Scott Laughton recently started a new career in nursing with a 2019 degree from Bergen Community College. Laughton served two tours in Special Operations during the Persian Gulf War. He's now on the front lines of the global coronavirus battle as a full-time nurse in a COVID-19 observation unit -- among the hardest hit by the pandemic.
Scott Laughton has spent his adult life on the front lines, serving tours of duty in the army during the Gulf War and 25 years on the force of the Park Ridge Police Department. Now, the 51-year-old finds himself on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic after joining Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck as a registered nurse in December, just at the outbreak of the virus.
NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic gives stark information about how the coronavirus is effecting the Tri-State area. Overcrowded hospitals and not enough equipment as more fall ill and the death toll rises. This report highlights Holy Name CEO Michael Maron's Maron's recovery from coronavirus and return to work as a bright spot.
Officials in Teaneck — the hardest hit town in the New Jersey county with the most positive COVID-19 cases — were early disciples of the social distancing that experts say will play a key role in ultimately weathering the pandemic. While the numbers of residents testing positive now tops 300 and continues to rise, there’s reason to believe the stay-at-home evidence is helping to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Heading into the end of his 25-year career with the Park Ridge police department in Bergen County, Scott Laughton, was studying hard to get his nursing degree from Bergen Community College. He wanted to continue helping people, his favorite part of working as a police officer. Now, he is a part of the frontline of health care workers trying to save lives and stem the tide of the coronavirus pandemic.
Health care professionals fighting coronavirus on the frontlines continue to push through unimaginable experiences, as hospital beds fill up and empty out before families have a chance to say goodbye, leaving nurses to take on the role of caretaker and mourner. Michael Kouridakis Kouridakis, a Holy Name Medical Center ICU Nuse, told Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang about a heart-wrenching FaceTime conversation with a patient's wife just moments after he died.
The Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, Bergen County needs no introduction for its part in the battle against the coronavirus in New Jersey. And Jeff Rhode has seen it up close, both in person and through his camera lens.
As hospitals around New Jersey scramble to secure masks and gowns, some say widespread rapid testing could be the resource that allows them to conserve protective equipment needed for battling the coronavirus outbreak. The tests would help hospitals reduce the use of protective gear, commonly referred to as PPE, nearly instantly and isolate only those patients who have COVID-19.