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Federal government stepping in assisting staff at Mercy Health Muskegon

Mercy Health Muskgon Hospital
Jeff Veltman
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Mercy Health Muskgon Hospital

Hospital overwhelmed by a fourth wave of COVID-19 patients.

A 17-member federal medical support team is being deployed to Mercy Health Muskegon. The team includes one doctor, registered nurses and other health care workers.

“It’s an awesome early Christmas present for us.”

Gary Allore is President of Mercy Health Muskegon. He says the hospital has been running at - and over - capacity of 270 patients over the past five weeks. During that time the volume of hospitalized COVID patients was 65 to 70%.

“I think they looked at the situation in Muskegon, and really considering along the lakeshore and in Muskegon, we’re the sole community hospital so I think that played into it, too.”

Allore tells us from the Emergency Room to the I.C.U. healthcare workers are exhausted. Federal reinforcements will assemble for 30 days beginning patient treatment Dec. 30th. It comes as COVID patient trends are declining. A temporary reprieve before a potential post-holiday surge, the expected spread of the Omicron variant and flu. Mercy Health Muskegon is thankful national backups are on the way. It joins Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health, Dearborn’s Beaumont Hospital and Saginaw’s Covenant Healthcare receiving assistance. Teams there have been extended an additional 30 days.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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