Available bed ‘a gift’ at hospital where patients marvel that others do not take COVID-19 seriously

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — As the coronavirus pandemic swelled around the 160-bed Mayo Clinic hospital, the day was dawning auspiciously. Two precious beds for new patients had opened overnight. At the morning “bed meeting,” prospects for a third looked promising.

Better yet, by midmorning there were no patients in the Emergency Department. None. Even in normal times, a medium hospital like this can go many months without ever reaching zero.

Everyone knew better than to trust this good fortune. They were right.

From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., seven patients arrived at the emergency room. Fourteen came the next hour, then 10 more the hour after that.

About a third had signs of COVID-19, the illness the novel coronavirus can cause, most with trouble breathing. But there was also the man who had smashed his fingers with a hammer. The unresponsive woman who had to be resuscitated. An injured elbow. Neck pain. Acute depression.

By 12:05 p.m., Mayo had put itself on “bypass,” sending all ambulances to the two other hospitals in town, a last-resort move rarely employed. By late afternoon, the emergency room was stashing patients in four beds erected in the ambulance garage — the first time it had adopted that tactic — and holding others for hours as they waited for places in the overflowing hospital.

With more than 91,000 COVID-19 patients in their beds, U.S. hospitals are in danger of buckling beneath the weight of the pandemic and the ongoing needs of other sick people. In small and medium facilities hit hardest by the outbreak, that means finding spots in ones and twos, rather than adding hundreds at a time as New York hospitals did when the coronavirus swept the Northeast in the spring.

“A bed is a gift right now,” said Jason Craig, regional chair for the Mayo Clinic Health System in northwestern Wisconsin. “I’ll take all of them.”

In Utah, some doctors acknowledge that they are informally rationing care, a euphemism for providing some patients a lower level of service than they should receive. In El Paso, Texas, the National Guard has been dispatched to handle the overwhelming number of COVID-19 corpses, many held in 10 refrigerated trailers outside the medical examiner’s office.

Such extreme measures are not widespread, but only because hospitals have spent months preparing for this catastrophe — one expected to grow worse in the weeks to come as the weather turns cold and Americans move indoors.

More challenging still is locating doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians and other staffers needed to provide care as the pandemic places unprecedented demand on the entire nation simultaneously. Even Mayo, one of the most prestigious and well-resourced systems in U.S. medicine, is supplementing its Wisconsin staff with nurses from its hospitals in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, redeploying nurses from other parts of this hospital and hiring temporary travel nurses who sign on for short assignments.

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Bed Bath & Beyond’s gift guide is robust. Here are the highlights.

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In the final month-and-a-bit left in 2020, shopping news and updates largely revolve around the gifting season and the end-of-year sales blitz, which includes the familiar sight of Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday deals and a litany of savings between the two and beyond them. Instead of cramming into stores this unique holiday season, though, many shoppers will be finding their gifts in the comfort of their home — taking full advantage of online shopping. One reason for this is the resurging Covid-19 pandemic, another the availability of defined gift finders at many major retailers — among them other Shopping favorites that we’ve helped outline for you, including Nordstrom, Sephora, Amazon, Walmart and Wayfair. We’ve now reached Bed Bath & Beyond, another Shopping favorite retailer, and its annual holiday gift guide finder, filled with not only ideas for everyone on your list but also must-haves to make your home feel cheery-yet-cozy this season — both indoors and outdoors.

Despite the season, many are spending more time in their backyards as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend social distancing and limiting indoors interactions. That’s why Bed Bath and Beyond curated a Backyard Holiday Collection, with everything fromcozy fire pits to transform your outdoor space into a winter oasis to chairs and accessories for those who are spending more time outside.

In addition to top present ideas, gifts for him, gift ideas for her, Christmas decor and Hanukkah decorations, Bed Bath & Beyond has also taken things one step further this year to elevate (and incentivize) the online shopping experience: With its new same day delivery service, you can ensure your list-minute gifts arrive on their doorstep on the same day, starting at $5. Whether you’re looking to get a start on Black Friday sales or are ready to shop now to avoid potential nation-wide shipping delays, we’ve rounded up some of the best offerings at Bed Bath & Beyond this year. We’ve also simplified navigating the retailer’s gift options with outstanding products and some filters to help your shopping, including by price, by brand and by category.

Best Bed Bath & Beyond gifts

1. Ugg Melange Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket

From cold winter nights to lazy afternoons while social-distancing at home, anyone would appreciate something warm to cuddle up to. The melange pattern blankets are machine washable and come in five demure colors. The reverse side is 100-percent polyester sherpa fleece. Otherwise known as “faux shearling,” this soft material is both cozy as well as animal-friendly. Or, for something a bit warmer, UGG also has this quilted reversible sherpa throw with plush polyester fill.

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Bed Bath & Beyond gift guide: KitchenAid, Dyson and more

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In the final month-and-a-bit left in 2020, shopping news and updates largely revolve around the gifting season and the end-of-year sales blitz, which includes the familiar sight of Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday deals and a litany of savings between the two and beyond them. Instead of cramming into stores this unique holiday season, though, many shoppers will be finding their gifts in the comfort of their home — taking full advantage of online shopping. One reason for this is the resurging Covid-19 pandemic, another the availability of defined gift finders at many major retailers — among them other Shopping favorites that we’ve helped outline for you, including Nordstrom, Sephora, Amazon, Walmart and Wayfair. We’ve now reached Bed Bath & Beyond, another Shopping favorite retailer, and its annual holiday gift guide finder, filled with not only ideas for everyone on your list but also must-haves to make your home feel cheery-yet-cozy this season — both indoors and outdoors.

Despite the season, many are spending more time in their backyards as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend social distancing and limiting indoors interactions. That’s why Bed Bath and Beyond curated a Backyard Holiday Collection, with everything fromcozy fire pits to transform your outdoor space into a winter oasis to chairs and accessories for those who are spending more time outside.

In addition to top present ideas, gifts for him, gift ideas for her, Christmas decor and Hanukkah decorations, Bed Bath & Beyond has also taken things one step further this year to elevate (and incentivize) the online shopping experience: With its new same day delivery service, you can ensure your list-minute gifts arrive on their doorstep on the same day, starting at $5. Whether you’re looking to get a start on Black Friday sales or are ready to shop now to avoid potential nation-wide shipping delays, we’ve rounded up some of the best offerings at Bed Bath & Beyond this year. We’ve also simplified navigating the retailer’s gift options with outstanding products and some filters to help your shopping, including by price, by brand and by category.

Best Bed Bath & Beyond gifts

1. Ugg Melange Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket

From cold winter nights to lazy afternoons while social-distancing at home, anyone would appreciate something warm to cuddle up to. The melange pattern blankets are machine washable and come in five demure colors. The reverse side is 100-percent polyester sherpa fleece. Otherwise known as “faux shearling,” this soft material is both cozy as well as animal-friendly. Or, for something a bit warmer, UGG also has this quilted reversible sherpa throw with plush polyester fill.

Ugg Melange Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket



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Give a Bethany Buy a Bed gift to make a difference this Christmas

It’s been a year of suffering for so many. Here’s a simple way you can help give something back.

Bethany Christian Trust has operated a Care Shelter in Edinburgh every winter since 1996.
Bethany Christian Trust has operated a Care Shelter in Edinburgh every winter since 1996.

National Homelessness charity, Bethany Christian Trust, is encouraging Christmas shoppers to purchase a gift voucher for its brand new service, the Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre.

The ‘Buy-a-Bed’ gift vouchers, which cost £21 each, provide a person who would otherwise sleep rough on the streets with a warm, safe place to sleep with en-suite facilities, access to three meals a day, safety from the elements, 24-hour move on support, and multi-disciplinary support services at Bethany’s new Welcome Centre. The vouchers are available to purchase now online, until January 15, 2021.

Bethany Christian Trust has operated a Care Shelter in Edinburgh every winter since 1996, providing emergency shelter and care to those who would otherwise sleep rough. Prompted by the success of operating the Care Shelter in a hotel during lockdown, Bethany’s Care Shelter has been modified to become the new Rapid Re-Accommodation Welcome Centre, which will run until May 3 2021, to ensure those sleeping rough stay warm and safe over the difficult Edinburgh Winter.

The service provided demonstrates the generosity of time and effort given by so many within Scotland.

Bethany has taken what it has learnt from operating the emergency Care Shelter to become a 24-hour service in a COVID safe space, operating in the Haymarket Hub Hotel.

During the day there will also be staffing support from the City of Edinburgh Council, as well as support from the Scottish Government.

Local and national government are covering the cost of the room hire, while Bethany are providing a large professional team to support those in crisis, as well as raising funds through buy-a-bed to enable this service.

The service provided demonstrates the generosity of time and effort given by so many within Scotland: around 1,000 volunteers from churches across the Lothian provide the catering and hot evening meals, while Social Bite provides daily lunches. The Welcome Centre relies upon voluntary donations from trusts, foundations, individuals, local churches, companies and communities. By buying a bed for £21 you are helping to contribute to a widespread community effort.

Alasdair Bennett, Chief Executive at Bethany Trust, said: “As we approach the season of giving, we may think about giving a gift that will truly make a difference. Giving someone the opportunity to escape the cold into safe accommodation and receive a hot meal, with love and support, can make all the difference.

“Your donation will provide our team with the means to help those most in need find a warm and loving place to stay in an emergency this Christmas and support to move on to further accommodation. When thinking of how you can make a difference this year, please think of Bethany.”

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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Names Inspirational Fashion Leader Elizabeth Meltzer As General Merchandising Manager

UNION, N.J., Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY) has named Elizabeth Meltzer as Senior Vice President (SVP), General Merchandising Manager for its Bed, Bath and Home Décor categories, effective November 2, 2020. Ms. Meltzer will join the Company’s merchandising leadership team, reporting to Joe Hartsig, Executive Vice President & Chief Merchandising Officer, and President of Harmon Health and Beauty Stores.

Ms. Meltzer will play a key role in the delivery of Bed Bath & Beyond’s Product pillar growth strategy, overseeing the development of a customer-inspired assortment that will include an array of owned brands from 2021 to build authority and relevance in the Home market. She will also help accelerate the Company’s strategic sourcing program, which is expected to continue to drive margin improvements and greater value for customers.

Joe Hartsig said, “We’re developing a customer-centric assortment that builds on our authority in the Home market through greater differentiation, inspiration and value. Elizabeth’s experience developing brands and effective omnichannel product strategies for some of the world’s leading fashion retailers brings new expertise to our team that will accelerate our transformation and make it easier for our customers to feel at home with Bed Bath & Beyond.”

Ms. Meltzer has over 25 years of experience in retail merchandising, most recently as SVP of Merchandising at The Gap where she built a global assortment across all divisions. Additionally, Ms. Meltzer has led merchandising strategies at a multitude of other well-known retail and consumer brands, including Loft, Uniqlo, Madewell and Calvin Klein.

Ms. Meltzer said, “Our homes are now the center of our lives, and I’m excited to join this iconic brand at such an important moment. I’m passionate about building brands that drive loyalty and growth, and I look forward to joining this world class team to develop an inspiring home assortment, that builds connection and relevance with customers.”

About Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) is an omnichannel retailer that makes it easy for our customers to feel at home. The Company sells a wide assortment of merchandise in the Home, Baby, Beauty and Wellness markets. Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the Company’s progress and anticipated progress towards its long-term objectives. Many of these forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as may, will, expect, anticipate, approximate, estimate, assume, continue, model, project, plan, goal, and similar words and phrases, although the absence of those words does not necessarily mean that statements are not forward-looking. The Company’s actual results and future financial condition may differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. Such factors include, without limitation: general economic conditions including the housing market, a challenging overall macroeconomic environment and related changes in the retailing environment;

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