Health hero Robin Stutzenberger cleaned patient rooms during pandemic
Robin Stutzenberger has relied on his love for his job and his colleagues to overcome the uncertainty and stress of working as a critical healthcare worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were successful at Norton Healthcare because of our teamwork,” said Robin, an environmental services associate at the Norton Cancer Institute in Brownsboro. “I love helping people and I love my job. It gives me something to look forward to every day.
The 60-year-old works nights cleaning rooms in the oncology and general infusion centers of the Norton Cancer Institute, which treats COVID-19 patients. She also took weekend shifts at Norton Brownsboro Hospital, where she cleaned the rooms of COVID-19 patients back to back.
In addition to the typical cleaning process, Robin details the rooms of COVID-19 patients, cleaning every part of the room with bleach wipes. Once dry, she goes through each item with an all-purpose disinfectant cleaner.
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“I want the patient rooms to be as safe and clean as possible, as if myself or a member of my family are going to be staying there,” Robin said.
Before a vaccine was available, Robin and his colleagues remained positive and focused on providing excellent patient care, which helped them get through months of anxiety.
Robin was among the first Norton Healthcare employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which gives her great reassurance.
“When we started seeing COVID-19 patients, many nights I was finishing my job and just praying that I could go home and be okay,” said Robin, who has worked at Norton Healthcare for 18 years. “I had to reassure myself that I could do it. “