The Charger Squad Helps Patients and Families Connect


In March, when COVID-19 began to take hold of the country, PCC Community Wellness Family Nurse Practitioner Megan Tress, MSN, FNP-C, RN, quickly realized that strict hospital visitor restrictions were taking a toll on patients and families kept apart by the “silent killer.”  Megan saw countless patients cut off from their families once their cell phones lost their charge and witnessed the impact this was having on their recovery.

She decided to do something about it.

Megan began raising funds and collecting donated chargers from her community. Within a few days, she raised enough money to purchase 700 chargers, more than enough to make sure every patient was covered at West Suburban Medical Center, Weiss Memorial Hospital and the University of Illinois. From there her efforts multiplied when she partnered with Jon Hefler, a San Diego man who was on a similar mission after his father was hospitalized with COVID-19 without a phone charger. Since then, Megan has been featured in numerous media stories and her mission has really taken off.

Megan and her “Charger Squad” have delivered thousands of phone chargers to hospitals across 10 states. And the movement is growing!

“These chargers can bring those dead phones back to life and potentially save a patient’s life. If you are affiliated with a hospital, work with us. We’re going to get chargers distributed to as many patients as we can. We are all in this together; let’s do something positive,” stated Megan.

Megan and her squad recently delivered 240 chargers to West Suburban Medical Center and our sister hospital, Weiss Memorial.

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