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Mercy Medical Center to name ICU after Baltimore doctor who died of coronavirus

Mercy Medical Center will name its intensive care unit after Dr. Joseph Costa, the hospital’s longtime critical care division chief whose death due to COVID-19 inspired a national outpouring of grief.

The 56-year-old doctor died Saturday in his husband’s arms in the hospital where he had worked to help patients overcome the coronavirus. Before he died, about 20 colleagues gathered in a vigil and placed their blue-gloved hands on him.

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Costa’s death dealt a blow to a medical community grappling with the biggest medical crisis of modern times. His story received national media attention, with some calling him a hero.

Mercy President and CEO David N. Maine announced Thursday that Costa’s name represented “the true spirit of our institution.”

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“With a deep commitment to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy, he dedicated his life and career to caring for the sickest patients of Baltimore and offering comfort to their families and loved ones,” the announcement states.

Mercy officials also established a memorial fund in Costa’s name to support the name change and “provide continued support in the care of our patients.”

Costa had worked for Mercy since 1997, specializing in pulmonary and critical care, and served as chief of the Division of Critical Care for the last 15 years. He served as an officer in multiple roles since 2010, including secretary/treasurer, vice president and medical staff president from 2014 to 2016.


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