CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – In an effort to reduce their health care workers, a hospital system in the northwest is delaying selection procedures, comparing the Chippewa Valley with the initial epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. .
“What you saw in the news earlier this year and in the spring in places like New York City, is happening in Chippewa Valley,” said Jason Craig, regional executive chairman.
On Friday afternoon, Mayo Clinic Health System officials said elective care services are on hold during this time. Although they don’t have an exact end date at this point, they expect it to be at least a month.
They gave examples such as physical and routine procedures like colonoscopy.
Richard Helmers, regional vice president at the Mayo Clinic Health System, said the decision would allow them to free beds and medical providers.
Craig added that they currently have more than 70 COVID-19 positive patients in the northwestern region of their system, including hospitals in Barron, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Menomonie and Osseo. About 10 of them are in intensive care.
“Due to the severity of COVID patients admitted to the hospital, they often need one-on-one care, which puts even more strain on our staff’s ability to care for more patients. , patients admitted to hospital for COVID-19 with Craig reported an average length of stay two to three times longer than patients without the average COVID at our facilities.
They also have 230 employees who are currently not working because they are COVID-19 positive or have close contact with someone who has the virus.
Pam White, the director of nursing, said it has recruited more workers from Rochester, Minnesota and from Arizona to help handle the workload in Eau Claire. Those workers must assist in the intensive care unit, progressive care unit (one step between ICU and conventional units) and medical / surgical units.
Mayo leaders repeatedly insisted that if you are in an emergency situation, you should still seek care.
News 18 also contacted Sacred Heart Hospital and Marshfield Clinic Health System regarding their selection procedures. Marshfield officials say they are still doing voting procedures and are assessing the situation daily.
Thanh Tam HSHS sent us this statement:
“HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals continue to provide surgical procedures at this time and are taking all the necessary steps to ensure patients get the care they need. We continue to closely monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic present in each of our communities and hospitals every day and we adjust our operations as needed to ensure Ensuring the health and safety of all patients, providers and colleagues remains our top priority. “