ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Randolph County’s solely hospital is out of area in its intensive care unit, with few beds out there to sufferers on different flooring.
“It’s a problem. I feel all well being care methods proper now are actually being challenged. We’re short-staffed, there’s an inflow of sufferers, and what we’re seeing is an inflow of COVID sufferers they usually’re staying longer as a result of they’re sicker,” stated April Thornton, Randolph Well being’s vp of public relations and advertising and marketing.
The hospital has sufficient workers for 60-61 beds within the hospital, and 6 beds within the ICU. Thornton stated Friday all beds are full.
“They’ve to carry, so proper now our emergency division, we have now a 20-bed emergency division. Ten of these beds are taken up by sufferers holding to go upstairs, so which means we solely have 10 beds to deal with true emergencies which might be coming in,” Thornton stated.
She stated wait occasions within the emergency division are longer than they need to be.
“We are able to’t switch wherever all hospitals are in the identical scenario, so that you simply should bear down and attempt to get discharges out as shortly as potential so you possibly can transfer sufferers up,” Thornton stated.
Randolph Well being is treating 26 COVID sufferers at the moment, the bulk are unvaccinated.
“We’re seeing these sufferers and they’re sick, they’re very, very sick and the one method to assist save your self and your loved ones is to get vaccinated,” Thornton stated.
She stated the hospital is seeking to rent about 150 workers to ease staffing shortages, about 20 openings are for nurses.
“Now we have a very strong retention and recruitment plan proper now, we’re providing $16,000 sign-on bonuses to get nurses and we have now began to see some traction there,” Thornton stated.
The hospital is getting artistic with staffing options and providing advantages for anybody choosing up additional shifts.
“Not solely have we had a worldwide pandemic with COVID, we simply got here out of chapter as a corporation and we had been simply bought July 1 by a brand new proprietor, so our workers they’re resilient. They’re devoted to the hospital and to their sufferers, and that’s why they’re right here every single day caring for this group and I’ve by no means been extra pleased with them,” Thornton stated.
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