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A Devastating Nurses Week for Filipino-American Healthcare Professionals


By: Veronica Leighton


We cannot stop honoring our Filipino American health care professionals for their courage, alertness and professionalism that they have shown in their rescue and professional efforts to save many lives in this pandemic crisis 2020. I am proud to share with our readers this brief tribute, accolades and salute to all of them for the celebration of Nurses Week this month…

“ProPublica, an independent newsroom, has reported that at least fifty Filipino-American health care providers and many more of their family members have died of Covid-19 in the U.S. Indeed, the Fil-Am community is continually reeling from the unprecedented loss of so many of its health care workers, who consider their work almost like a religion in their devotion.

The Nurses Week is more of a celebration of their unparalleled services to and ultimate sacrifices for their patients. Indeed, not only nurses and other health care professionals but also many Filipino physicians who gave their lives and succumbed to Covid-19.

Our prayers go to the departed as well as to those who are valiantly manning the frontliners, exposing themselves to the aggressive torments of the coronavirus.

Not only here in the US but in other countries, as well as in the Philippines, are our Filipino physicians and nurses dying from Covid 19. They are well-known for their caring bedside manners and complete devotions to their burden duties. Our caretakers (caregivers), aside from our professional health care providers, also deserve kudos for their exemplary services to the sick and the elderly, most vulnerable to Covid-19 due to their advanced age and underlying conditions.

The US has surpassed more than 1.5 million of positive covid-19 cases and more than 84,000 deaths therefrom. Prospects of having safe and effective treatment and vaccine are still speculative at this time.

God protect us and save us all, especially our Filipino health care providers, to whom we owe a lot of gratitude and prayers.

Mabuhay ang mga Filipino health care providers!” (Nena Zosa through the courtesy of Rpman P. Mosqueda, Esq., a Facebook share).

Also, happy to feature some Filipino American nurses in our midst who make us proud with the service and upcale professionalism that they render to their patients and at their places of work, particularly in these times of difficulties. Thank you, Rommel Yarcia and Ludinila Bustamante, both veteran nurses, for providing Via Times the pictures below.


Rommel Yarcia has been recognized as highly esteemed exceptional nurse leader. Affiliated with three top-tier medical facilities in Illinois, he is currently employed as an on-site administrator and resource clinician during the night & weekend hours as a House Nursing Supervisor at Sinai Health Holy Cross Hospital at Chicago, Illinois and at Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center at Elk Grove Village, Illinois. He is an Emergency Room Registered Nurse at Loretto Hospital at Chicago, Illinois. An active COVID-19 front liner worth emulating.

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