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Health Care Workers Reflect On A Year Of Pandemic Care

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On this episode of River to River, health care workers from across the state reflect on a monumental year in medical care with host Ben Kieffer.

2020 was an unbelievably exhausting year for health care workers.

As the pandemic mounted, doctors, nurses and others in the field were forced to adapt quickly, often putting their own health and safety on the line to care for patients impacted by COVID-19.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by health care workers including a doctor focused on pandemic care in the state’s largest city, a nurse focused on mental health support for senior citizens, a nurse overseeing health care for migrant farm workers and the manager of a rural hospital.

Each guest looks back on an exhausting year of medical care and looks ahead to what's possible in 2021.

This program originally aired on January 5, 2021.


  • Ravi Vemuri, chief infection prevention officer, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
  • Lyndsay Irvine, director of Senior Life Solutions, Howard County
  • Caroline Johnson, clinical director for Proteus
  • Mike Johnston, chief executive officer, Decatur County Hospital
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa