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Published on June 12, 2020

MEDIA | USA Today: We're heroes, too:' Hospital janitors risk lives to stop spread of COVID-19

In Kirkland, Washington, where the nation's first coronavirus outbreak was reported at a local nursing home, patients were hospitalized at EvergreenHealth, where Warren Juvle, an environmental service day shift supervisor, has worked since 2013. When the first coronavirus patients arrived, along with stories of how contagious and deadly the virus was, Juvle knew he had to set an example for the 28 employees he oversees.

“All the housekeepers, they had fear about going into those rooms,” Juvle said. ”Since I’m the leader, I had to show them what needs to be done — so I went in the rooms with them, showing them what to do, to support them and boost morale. If they have the guts to do it, why wouldn’t I?”

Juvle made a point to chat with every COVID-19 patient whose room he visited and encouraged his staff to do the same. He didn’t want anyone to feel unwelcome, especially as they suffered through treatment without visitors.

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About EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 12 primary care practices, six urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, extensive home care and hospice services, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.

EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

The health system is consistently named as one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 407 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS).

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