January 18, 2021
Active duty military docs assist in hospital surge
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – The severity in the surge of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals is being dramatized as active-duty military medical personnel answer calls for help.

A federal team of 20 physician assistants, nurses, and respiratory care practitioners from the U.S. Army and Air Force have arrived at the Riverside University Health System - Medical Center (RUHS Medical Center). They will support the staff in caring for a record number of patients, many requiring intensive care treatment.

The 439 bed hospital, which normally has an average daily census of 350 patients, has been running an average daily census of around 450 patients.

“The RUHS Medical Center had opened an additional 121 beds to support the continuing surge of patients in our region,” said Jennifer Cruikshank, chief executive officer at RUHS.

“Riverside County hospitals have been stretched well-beyond their licensed capacities to treat a record numbers of patients,” said Bruce Barton, director of the County of Riverside Emergency Management Department. “These resources are critical to help our region treat more of our residents and get through this hospital surge.”

The initial team may be followed by others. The state of California is sending additional ‘traveler nurses’ to RUHS to treat the influx of patients in surge spaces. ‘Traveler nurses’ contract with different states and jurisdictions for six to 12 months at a time.
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