Symetra Tour professional and Michigan Medicine nurse Sarah Hoffman (Saline, Michigan) was recently on the CBS Sports Radio program After Hours with Amy Lawrence to discuss her return to the front lines during the peak of the COVID-19 virus pandemic and staying prepared to compete.
“Once the update that the season was going to be postponed further beyond the initial California swing, I didn’t want to look back and regret not helping as much as I could,” said Hoffman. “It’s different in that there’s only a certain number of checkpoints to get into the hospital.
“You get asked if you have a fever, cold, cough or flu-like symptoms. Then you’re given a mask to wear for the next 13 hours. That’s a long time. I have a lot of friends that complain about having to wear it to the grocery store.”
Hoffman works on the Orthopedic Trauma Unit at Michigan Medicine, and was trained to treat patients dealing with the coronavirus. On her days off, the Grand Valley State University alumna can be found at Travis Pointe Country Club working to keep her golf game fresh.
“When I first signed up to go back to work, we didn’t know how it would play out in Michigan,” Hoffman said. “I was prepared, and we had to go through education materials—emails with information to learn about possibly treating COVID-19 patients on our floor. We are flexible and learned the ‘new normal’ so it’s not as scary when it comes to our work, but that’s not to say it’s the same way for our patients.”