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Administrators push wheelchairs, accountants empty trash; St. Louis hospitals ask every employee to pitch in

ST. LOUIS — Katie Horton has worked virtually from her home in Ballwin throughout the pandemic. But over the past two weeks, she has spent her weekends and evenings scrubbing patient rooms and assisting nurses caring for COVID-19 patients at Mercy South Hospital.

Horton, 49, is a talent selection manager for Mercy, helping hire all the nonclinical positions, such as food service, public safety and clerical, within the multistate hospital system.

Two weeks ago, she answered a plea from Mercy asking employees to leave office chairs and help front-line hospital workers overwhelmed and weakened by the new COVID-19 variant.

“It was eye-opening. I work from home. I’ve been very safe through it all, and that has certainly been a blessing,” she said. “I just felt like it was good to be able to see through the eyes of the person doing these jobs.”

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