Mather has four Proning Teams that work to turn critically ill patients, usually on ventilators, in the throes of COVID-19 on their stomachs (prone position) to facilitate improved oxygenation.

The proning procedure is manual and requires staff who have the skill to safely reposition patients. The teams have a minimum of six staff members that consist of operating room nurse, surgical technicians, surgical service aides, and physical and occupational therapists.

“It takes a village to care for these special patients, and we are made for this!” said Director of Surgical Services Karen Tuzzolo, RN.