Ohio National Guard deployed to OhioHealth Mansfield to assist personnel
Members of the Ohio National Guard come to Mansfield to assist the personnel of the OhioHealth Mansfield.
Vinson Yates, president of OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, said in a statement Wednesday: “We appreciate Governor DeWine’s efforts to deploy the National Guard to Ohio to help hospitals in a variety of ways then. that we are dealing with this current COVID- 19. The OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital will begin orienting members of the National Guard as of tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. “
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that he has ordered the mobilization of 1,250 additional members of the Ohio National Guard to support hospitals with most critical needs across the state. The mobilization comes on the same day the state set an all-time high for the total number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations during the pandemic, according to a press release.
The Ohio Hospital Association reported Wednesday that 5,356 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. One in four patients tested positive for COVID-19. This surpassed the previous record of 5,308 hospitalizations on December 15, 2020. Of the latest hospitalizations, 1,228 patients were in intensive care, approaching the record of 1,318 intensive care patients reported on December 15, 2020, according to the Press release.
Ohio National Guard Deployment
As hospitals struggle to find staff to support the rising number of COVID-19 patients, DeWine announced at a press conference on Wednesday that he had asked Major General John C. Harris , Jr., adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard, to mobilize an additional 1,250 members of the Ohio National Guard, bringing the total deployment of National Guard members working with Ohio Health Systems to 2,300 members.
“It’s not something we take lightly… We ask them to leave their families, their jobs and their homes. It’s a huge sacrifice, ”DeWine said.
The governor previously authorized the deployment of 1,050 members of the Ohio National Guard on December 17. Harris said the Ohio National Guard’s goal is to increase medical staff and hospital coverage services. Teams including nurses and physicians will provide clinical care and non-medical teams will provide support services such as catering, transportation of patients to facilities and administrative support.
Approximately 460 members of the Guard are deployed to the Cleveland area; over 160 in the Toledo area and about 100 in the Columbus area. A smaller number of guards will be deployed in the coming days to Mansfield, Dayton and Lima to support hospitals. The on-call staff also support the test sites in Cleveland and Akron.
“The National Guard has been indispensable,” said Robert Wyllie, MD, director of medical operations, Cleveland Clinic.
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The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Hospital Association work with hospitals in Ohio on a daily basis to assess staffing needs to determine the most appropriate support from the Ohio National Guard, DeWine said. .
“Everyone was in agreement when the decision was made to send the National Guard to our hospitals… Throughout this we will be guided by where they are needed most today. It should give people the reassurance that everyone is on the same page here. Let’s deploy them where they are needed most, ”said DeWine.
Hospitals deal with COVID wave
Hospitals have taken extraordinary steps to manage this wave of COVID-19, including postponing elective surgeries, while addressing staff shortages due to infection or exposure to COVID-19, and to Professional exhaustion.
Parts of northern Ohio have been particularly hard hit, particularly the greater Cleveland area, where one in three patients test positive for COVID-19, including intensive care patients, according to OHA data.
“Hospital systems are under significant stress in northern Ohio,” said Wyllie. “We perform 2,000 tests per day. Let me tell you about these tests: 36% of people who come to Walker Center for tests are positive for COVID. “
Statewide, the COVID-19 positivity rate is 25%, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health.
The strategic hospital area and regional structure of the state have allowed hospitals to work with neighboring hospitals to balance the patient load. This structure continues to be vital as cases and hospitalizations increase dramatically statewide and staffing remains a significant concern.
While southwestern Ohio doesn’t see the same volume of patients as the upstate, Richard P. Lofgren, M..D, president and CEO, UC Health, has expressed concern as for the increase in the number of cases crossing the whole state. state over the next few weeks.
“Sadly, the pandemic is not over… we are now seeing more cases than we have ever seen along the way,” he said. “Now the spread of omicron is fueling this raging fire. One of the things I want to make sure people understand is that it not only affects the care of people with COVID, but also affects people who don’t have COVID. This reduces our ability to manage patients with other serious or life-threatening conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes.
DeWine also spoke to Jennifer Hollis, an intensive care nurse at the OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, about her experience at the hospital.
“I just want everyone to be able to walk a mile in my seat and somehow understand as an intensive care nurse what I see when I get to work. It’s more than difficult, ”Hollis said. “Our beds are full. There is nowhere to go, and we are understaffed as everyone can see too… We are tired, we are frustrated and we want the best for all of our patients.
Hollis urged Ohioans to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities. “I will continue to fight for you, when you don’t fight for yourself.” Please get vaccinated. Quarantine if you are symptomatic. Get tested, ”she said.