Statement from HCA/Mission Health Systems

Mission Health has the bed capacity, staffing, supplies and equipment we need at this time.

We understand that this global crisis is evolving every day, and shortages are occurring worldwide. At Mission Health, we are taking every step possible to continue to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

We are engaging in detailed bed utilization planning to prepare for the epidemic. Suspension of non-essential surgeries allowed us to free up beds for patients if a surge approaches. As needed, we are also able to access additional bed capacity by converting other hospital beds into ICU beds and accessing unused capacity at St. Joseph’s including a 14-bed ICU and the old Emergency Department.

Our partnerships with our sister hospitals mean we have additional capacity in the region to care for those who may be less ill, freeing up space for the critically ill at Mission Hospital.

We are designing creative staffing plans to maximize our staff’s availability as needed, including accessing HCA Healthcare’s in-house staffing agency and plans for emergency credentialing of nurses and doctors who may not be a part of our current workforce.

We understand there will be an increased demand for ventilator care and have continued to secure a substantial number of additional units in preparation for an unknown need. We are monitoring the need for and availability of ventilator devices every day.

We have activated an emergency operations command center that is working around the clock to implement our safety protocols and find realistic, workable solutions for securing additional supplies.

We are in touch daily with our colleagues at other divisions of HCA Healthcare to share strategies and resources that are successful in other areas of the country already seeing escalated outbreaks.

Our leadership at HCA Healthcare is working together with government leaders at every level to access what our caregivers need, and collaborating with top experts and industry leaders as part of the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition to develop solutions to protect the safety of our patients and frontline clinicians.

We recognize that our communities are feeling fear and uncertainty as we navigate these challenges together. We don’t know how this unprecedented outbreak will affect our communities in the coming weeks. What we do know is Mission Health and our team of exceptional doctors, nurses and all of our caregivers are here for you. Our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff, and we are working every day to provide the resources we need to provide high-quality care for you during this challenging time for all healthcare providers.

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