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Additional Guard Members to support strained KY hospitals
By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen
Frankfort, KY - On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said more teams from the Kentucky National Guard will arrive over the next week at strained Kentucky hospitals. Assisting with nonclinical functions within the hospitals to allow hospital staff to focus on patient care, 310 additional Guard members will support 21 hospitals around the commonwealth.
"This shows that every hospital is bursting at the seams, that they desperately need help and that we are a state full of more desperately sick people than we have ever seen," said Gov. Beshear. "I believe this is the largest deployment of the Guard in this crisis health care situation in our history. Every time we've asked, they've stepped up and served us so proudly."
More than 100 Guard members already are assisting at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard, The Medical Center at Bowling Green and Pikeville Medical Center. The additional teams will support:
Brett Weber, vice president and chief operations officer at ATA College, joined Gov. Beshear to provide an update on 40 nursing students who answered the call to support hospital teams at Kindred Hospital in Louisville, Isaiah House Treatment Center in Willisburg and Signature Healthcare locations across the commonwealth.
"We have been working with a number of hospitals, nursing homes and health care facilities in the area to provide support during the pandemic," said Weber. "Our students have been able to gain valuable knowledge and real-word experience by providing direct patient care at these facilities. Not only are our students helping with the shortage that exists at these facilities by providing direct patient care, but they're also preparing for long-term careers in the health care field, and there's a dire need for that right now."
The Governor reported that 60 of 96 Kentucky hospitals currently have critical staffing shortages. He also said there are only 90 available adult intensive care beds throughout the commonwealth, the lowest ever during the pandemic.
"Folks, our hospital situation has never been more dire in my lifetime than it is right now," said Gov. Beshear.
Today, Gov. Beshear reported 2,587,406 Kentuckians have received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, meaning 70% of Kentucky adults are vaccinated.
Sept. 8 2021, COVID-19 Case Information (Most Recent Data Available)
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