Caring on the COVID-19 Front Lines: "I Took a Leave From My Job to Treat Some of the Sickest Patients in an ICU"

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe, one group of people, in particular, have stood out as true heroes: The nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers who've reported to the front lines day in and day out to help care for those who've become sick with the virus.

Many of those heroes work at Johnson & Johnson.

At the company's German medical device company alone, Johnson & Johnson Medical GmbH, 80 employees have volunteered to take advantage of the company's COVID-19 Medical Personnel Leave Policy, which enables medically-trained employees worldwide to take a paid leave to provide medical services and help diagnose, treat and contribute to public health support for COVID-19.

One such employee currently on the front lines is Laura Gador, 37, a Health Economics & Access Manager based in Hamburg, Germany. As the pandemic intensified, the former general nurse decided to dust off her scrubs and volunteer at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), one of the largest hospitals in northern Germany.

Since May 4, she’s spent her days in the hospital's ICU, tending to the sickest COVID-19 patients.

In the latest installment in our "Caring on the COVID-19 Front Lines" series of profiles of admirable employees, we sat down with Gador to learn more about what her life on the front lines has been like—the challenges, the blessings and how Johnson & Johnson nurtured and encouraged her desire to make a difference.

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