NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) —A powerful moment happened Monday on the helipad at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Angela Gleaves and four others nurses in labor and delivery shared photos of them taking a minute to pray before work Monday.

“My best friend at work, Sarah Kremer, text me the night before, and said ‘Hey I have this idea really laying on my heart, I wanna go to the helipad and I want to pray for everybody, and it was her birthday on Monday, and that was her birthday wish,” Gleaves told News 2.

They prayed over the staff in their unit as well as the patients and their families. They also prayed for their colleagues taking care of patients around the world.

“All the front line people, not even just the nurses and doctors, but everybody inside the hospital, the truck drivers, grocery people, everybody,” Gleaves said.

With numbers of COVID-19 cases nearly quadrupling in the last week and U.S. deaths surpassing China, Gleaves says they know it’s predicted to get worse, but they’ll be ready.

Vanderbilt has 20,000 employees and is leading the state in the fight against the virus.

“It felt good to do this with some of my amazing co-workers. We could feel God’s presence in the wind. Know that you are all covered in prayer,” said Gleaves in her Facebook post.

“Every day, I say faith over fear, and it’s true, it’s just what we have to do,” she told News 2.

Eighty-six employees at Vanderbilt Medical Center are recovering from the virus.

Thank you to all medical professionals who are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.

  • Staff prays on Vanderbilt's helipad
  • Staff prays on Vanderbilt's helipad
  • Staff prays on Vanderbilt's helipad
  • Staff prays on Vanderbilt's helipad