On Monday, 70 additional troops from the Ohio National Guard arrived at UC Medical Center to support hospital workers during the present surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations in southwest Ohio.
“UC Health is experiencing a record number of patients seeking care for COVID-19 within our hospitals, and this is putting unprecedented strain upon our care teams,” said UC Health spokeswoman Amanda Nageleisen. “We are grateful for the support provided by the men and women of the Ohio National Guard, and we thank them for their service.”
The guardsmen and women will be deployed in the following areas: Grounds, Environmental Services (EVS), Patient Transportation, Food & Nutrition Services, Inpatient Acute Care Areas, Sterile Processing, Pharmacy, Emergency Department, Patient Relations and Patient Experience, Employee Health & Safety, Central Supply, Operating Room Department and Lab.
They will join 20 other Ohio National Guard troops already working at UC Medical Center: 10 medics in the Emergency Department and 10 non-clinical guard members in EVS.
An additional 10 guardsmen and women have been assisting with UC Health’s COVID-19 Community Testing Center in Clifton, which opened on Jan. 11. Last week, the center began offering no-appointment testing to all members of the community.