CHI Health plans to ensure theres enough staff if hospitalizations surge – KETV Omaha

CEO Cliff Robertson said when the first wave of coronavirus hit in March, CHI Health counted 2,000 hospital beds available to patients.”We don’t need to set up tent hospitals, because we’ve got plenty of bricks and mortar hospital capacity should we need it,” said Robertson. He said the challenge now is making sure they have enough staff especially if there is a surge. Last week, the health system asked nurses from out of state to be on standby. “So we are prepared should the trends continue up over the next three or four weeks,” said Robertson. Robertson said he has noticed fewer severe cases of coronavirus in CHI hospitals.” not as much ICU requirements–for sure fewer patients on ventilators maybe it’s because we some better treatments now that we know can stall the worsening of the illness,” said Robertson.He also commends rural hospitals which now look to metro facilities less often.”Just because you’re infected with the coronavirus does not mean: ‘A’ you need a hospital and for sure doesn’t mean you need to be to be transported out of your community necessarily,” Robertson said.As for elective surgeries, he does not believe those will be postponed like they were earlier this year. He said that created a significant risk for those patients. “What we’re trying to avoid is shutting down the entire health system and not delivering care to people that otherwise need it,” Robertson said.

CEO Cliff Robertson said when the first wave of coronavirus hit in March, CHI Health counted 2,000 hospital beds available to patients.

“We don’t need to set up tent hospitals, because we’ve got plenty of bricks and mortar hospital capacity should we need it,” said Robertson.

He said the challenge now is making sure they have enough staff especially if there is a surge. Last week, the health system asked nurses from out of state to be on standby.

“So we are prepared should the trends continue up over the next three or four weeks,” said Robertson.

Robertson said he has noticed fewer severe cases of coronavirus in CHI hospitals.

“[There are] not as much ICU requirements–for sure fewer patients on ventilators maybe it’s because we some better treatments now that we know can stall the worsening of the illness,” said Robertson.

He also commends rural hospitals which now look to metro facilities less often.

“Just because you’re infected with the coronavirus does not mean: ‘A’ you need a hospital and for sure doesn’t mean you need to be to be transported out of your community necessarily,” Robertson said.

As for elective surgeries, he does not believe those will be postponed like they were earlier this year. He said that created a significant risk for those patients.

“What we’re trying to avoid is shutting down the entire health system and not delivering care to people that otherwise need it,” Robertson said.