Cleveland clinic will receive military medical assistance


CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic confirmed Thursday that it will receive federal support from a team of about 20 military medical professionals.

What do you want to know

  • President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that six US hospitals will receive an Air Force military medical team
  • 20 members of the military medical team are expected to work at the clinic’s main campus in Cleveland next week
  • Cleveland Clinic says COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high enough to continue postponing elective surgeries
  • The hospital said earlier this week that the majority of people in its hospitals were not vaccinated against COVID-19

They will likely begin next week on the main campus, the Cleveland Clinic said.

“We are grateful for the federal support as we continue to deal with a challenging surge of COVID-19 in our Ohio hospitals,” said Cleveland Clinic CEO Tom Mihaljevic. “The addition of military medical personnel allows us to care for more patients in We continue to urge everyone to take precautions and receive their COVID-19 vaccine, as the majority of our patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are not not vaccinated.

The Cleveland clinic is among six hospitals receiving military medical teams, President Joe Biden announced Thursday. Hospitals in Michigan, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island will also receive teams.

Governor Mike DeWine also deployed 2,300 members of the Ohio National Guard to support hospitals.

On Wednesday, the Cleveland Clinic extended its postponement of all non-essential surgeries requiring a hospital bed until Jan. 30.

The pause in non-essential surgeries requiring a hospital bed began last month as COVID-19 cases spiked in northeast Ohio. The Ohio Hospital Association reported 450 hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the northeast region of Ohio on November 1. On January 5, that number rose to 1,754.

But in the week that followed, hospitalizations in the area dropped 11%, the OHA reported. The region also saw a 17% drop in the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.

The Cleveland Clinic said Tuesday that 75% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, with 87% of those with COVID-19 in intensive care unvaccinated.


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