Front Lines

SCU alumni report back from working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

As a postpartum nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Paulina Flint De Castro ’02 is called on to help—and worry over— new mothers, many of whom gave birth without their partners because of the pandemic.

Emergency physician Nick Johnson ’05 witnessed the birth of the known-coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., as a doctor in hard-hit Seattle.

Mother-baby nurse Sonia Suri ’13 says bringing a human connection through a face shield changes the job. As she was assigned shifts in the ICU, “It was nice to be able to bring human- ity to patients who are very isolated,” Suri says. “Just taking the time to talk to people who are being quarantined and are alone reminded me why I do this work.”

In that, she is joined by Broncos like Anna Ryan ’93, whose Protect with Heart project distributes fun scrub hearts to frontline workers, and many, many others. Thanks for all you do.

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A Theologian’s Theologian

Paul Crowley, S.J. lived by a philosophy that emphasized compassion for the individual over rigid church doctrine.

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