The head of the critical care unit at a hospital in Baltimore, who helped treat the “toughest” patients, including during a pandemic, died Saturday of coronavirus.
Dr. Joseph Costa, 56, was the head of the intensive care unit at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. The hospital confirmed his death in a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday.
“He has dedicated his life and career to caring for the worst patients,” said a joint statement from Sister Helen Amos, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees, and David Mann, president and CEO. “When the global pandemic came upon us, Joe selflessly continued his work at the forefront ̵1; deeply committed to serving our patients and our city at this time of great need.”
“His memory will remain an example for all of us,” the hospital said.
Costa worked at Mercy for 23 years, becoming head of critical care in 2005. It was survived by a 28-year-old man, David Hart.
“I keep thinking, ‘There’s a small doctor in Baltimore now who’s going to treat a pandemic,'” Hart told the Baltimore Sun.
A classmate of Costa Medical School, Dr. Amy Zimmerman, told NBB affiliate Baltimore WBAL that his tragic death should serve as a reminder of the severity of the pandemic.
“It’s real. He was a 56-year-old healthy man. He knew how to be careful. He knew how to take good care of himself, and he still got over the disease,” she said. to anyone. “
More than 85,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 3,500 deaths have been reported in Maryland, according to NBC News. The number of new cases begins to decline in June, but rises again in July, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
Costa is one of more than 850 health workers who died from COVID-19, according to a joint report by Kaiser Health News and The Guardian.