Hospitals struggling with staffing amid second COVID-19 spike

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Midland Memorial Hospital is having to get creative as they run low on hospital staffing during the pandemic.

Russell Meyers, the CEO of Midland Health said, “In some cases and in some places that means asking our nurses to do more than we normally would. We don’t want to do that but it’s a matter of serving those patients who are very sick. Our team is stepping up and handling as best they can but it certainly is taxing their capabilities.”

According to Meyers, they are fortunate to get help from the state who brought in Respiratory Therapists and Nurses but those staff members are brought to them in two-week increments. He has asked for the existing staff to be renewed and if the state can add more staff.

“We are very appreciative of the extra resources but we could still use more. We have some more space we could occupy if we had the people to fill it,” said the CEO.

The Health Department is also being stretched thin and is adding more staff as well. Whitney Craig, the Health & Senior Service Manager said, “we have added quite a few I will say before this we had started at 20 and we have increased by 7 and we have, through the state, at least another 7 more coming.”

Both are hoping that the public keep overworked frontline workers in mind when they decide to go out or gather with friends. The health department is working hard to trace the upward trend in cases and is operating seven days a week.

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March 18 2021 03:00 pm