At the request of the State of Kentucky, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has deployed a team of healthcare professionals from its National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to St. Claire HealthCare to support safely the influx of COVID patients at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.
“We are very grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from Governor Andy Beshear throughout the pandemic,” said Donald H. Lloyd, II, President and CEO of SCH. “The leadership of Governor Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack has guided us through these difficult times, ensuring that the doors of St. Claire remain open to care for our patients when they need us most. “
The Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) of the US Department of Health and Human Services, which helps communities respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters public health.
The 15-person NDMS team includes a physician, advanced healthcare practitioners, nurses, other clinical specialists, and administrative support specialists who will work with local staff to provide short-term support and provide expertise for help SCH better manage the current outbreak of COVID-positive patients.
“We have a great team at SCH, but everyone is tired. While we know that this help will be temporary, it will provide our clinical staff with much needed and much needed relief ”, said Lloyd. “We are very grateful to HHS for granting Governor Beshear’s request on our behalf.”
NDMS personnel normally deploy for up to 14 days. After 14 days, the state can submit a request for additional support, if necessary.
The St. Claire HealthCare service area, like most of Kentucky, is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, driven by transmission of the Delta variant primarily among the unvaccinated. Almost all hospitalizations and deaths are among the unvaccinated. From July 1 to September 3, 2021, more than 80% of COVID-19 patients admitted to the St. Claire Regional Medical Center were not vaccinated. Of the 15 COVID-related deaths reported during this period, only one has been fully vaccinated.
To date, SCH is currently treating 72 COVID patients. Thirty-four receive inpatient care while 38 are treated under the COVID Care at Home program.
“We have seen in recent months how effective vaccines are in the fight against COVID-19”, Lloyd added. “It is important that all members of our community who are eligible for a vaccine are vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and those who are most vulnerable to serious complications or death from COVID. “
To make a vaccination appointment for you or your child (12 years of age or older), call 606.783.7539. Planners are available to take your call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(provided by St. Claire HealthCare)