The Green Bay Packers today announced they have selected four local healthcare heroes from Bellin Health to attend Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay as their guests on Feb. 7. These guests were invited to recognize their unwavering commitment to their community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Select healthcare workers from around the country, including local healthcare heroes invited by all 32 NFL clubs, will take part in various Super Bowl LV festivities at Raymond James Stadium.
"We're honored to extend these invitations to these incredibly dedicated healthcare professionals," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "We are so grateful for everything they and their colleagues have done to take care of our community during this challenging time."
All healthcare workers attending Super Bowl LV will have completed their COVID-19 vaccination prior to traveling to Tampa Bay.
"As the NFL season culminates in Tampa Bay, we are thanking our healthcare heroes who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Peter O'Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President of Club Business and League Events. "We are honored to salute those who have demonstrated dedication, commitment and courage and deserve our deepest gratitude and admiration."
Health and safety precautions such as increased physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene stations, first aid areas and directional signage will all be in place to create a safe environment for all individuals in attendance. For more information on Super Bowl LV gameday COVID-19 protocols, please visit www.nfl.com/super-bowl/event-info/fan-gameday-playbook.
All activities during Super Bowl week, including gameday, will be conducted in accordance with CDC and local health guidelines.
The Bellin Health guests include:
- Dr. Michael Landrum, MD, Infectious Disease Physician: During the pandemic, Dr. Landrum has been critical in guiding Bellin Health on protocols and safety measures as it relates to the clinical care surrounding COVID-19 and vaccinations. Dr. Landrum has been a spokesperson for safely co-existing with COVID and treatment research within the organization and the community. Dr. Landrum has also been an asset to the Packers as the team has worked to co-exist with COVID and welcome fans back into Lambeau Field for Packers games.
- Jessie Schaumberg, RN Certified Nurse Specialist in Training: Schaumberg is currently completing her master's degree in Critical Care and has been a solid resource for the Bellin Health Incident Command team and her colleagues in critical care. Since the beginning of the pandemic, she has provided daily reports on the current numbers and the faces behind the numbers. She has prepared her teams and supported their competencies in critical care. Jessie is kind, supportive, caring and a master at blending both the clinical care needed when dealing with COVID-19 and the emotional support required to keep her colleagues doing what they do every day.
- Jessica Landry, RN Critical Care: Landry is an RN who has been working in the COVID-19 unit within Critical Care. In multiple forums, she has shared her emotional journey about being on the front lines and caring for COVID patients through a special poem. She was so moved after watching families cope with the loss of their loved ones that she began making fingerprints of patients facing end of life to send home with their families so they would have something to remind them of their loved ones. She is passionate, caring and committed to the profession of nursing. She has seen firsthand the impact and destruction of COVID and shares broadly the importance of getting vaccinated.
- Lucy Bellerud, Respiratory Therapist: Bellerud is a Respiratory Therapist that has been with Bellin Health for 19 years and is highly respected by colleagues, nurses and physicians for her exceptional care. With this disease, respiratory therapists are on the front lines and critical to the caregiving process. One particular patient, who unfortunately ended up passing away from COVID, made an indelible mark on her. During the patient's stay, Bellerud had the opportunity to witness firsthand the patient's strong love for his family. Bellerud also aided in allowing the man's wife to be with him during his final days. Bellerud shares stories about the highs and lows of being at the bedside and providing care to those who cannot have families at their bedside. She is an avid believer in the vaccine and was the second one at Bellin Health (second to Dr. Landrum) to get vaccinated.