Thank you to Lara Stahl, MSN, FNP-C, COHN-S, for her extraordinary commitment to Premise Health and to our country during this pandemic. In addition to her role as a Clinical Operations Director at Premise, Lara serves as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. In February and March, Lara was screening patients on the U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, TX while also serving on the Premise COVID-19 Clinical Response Team. On April 5th, Lara was notified that she was being deployed to New York City to fight COVID-19 on the front lines. In less than 24 hours, she packed up, said goodbye to her husband and their four children, and headed to NYC with 16 of her fellow airmen to serve as a clinical nurse at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
Lara has stayed in touch with her Premise colleagues and friends throughout her deployment. Discussing her work on the front lines, Lara said, “When you go into a patient’s room with COVID-19, it’s really hard. You know that you’re walking into the line of fire. But when you look at your patient in a holistic way, you look into their eyes, you hear their story, and you recognize that you can be there to help them with your nursing skills or your faith or sometimes even just your presence. You know you’re in the exact place you’re meant to be, equipped with all the right experiences you need to provide that help.”
Lara represents the best of Premise Health; she is accountable, quality-focused, engaged, and courageous. We are thankful for her service to our country and look forward to her safe return.