Federal medical personnel have been dispatched to the Coachella Valley to assist Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage, which is suffering from staffing and equipment woes due to an influx of COVID-19 patients, it was announced Tuesday.
The team, set to include doctors, physician assistants, critical care nurses and respiratory technicians — who are all active military — will begin arriving on Thursday, according to Riverside County officials.
“The hospital is nearing capacity in our ICU and on our COVID-19 units,” said Dr. Alan Williamson, the hospital’s chief medical officer. “Currently, we only have three more `staffed’ beds available in the ICU. Additionally, we are approaching 80% of bed capacity within the hospital, but are at virtually 100% of our staffing capacity. We are grateful for the support from FEMA and its Air Force Medical response team. It comes at a critical time.”
Riverside County Supervisor Manuel Perez said county officials are “grateful to receive this support from FEMA and the federal medical team, and I appreciate the emergency operations center team for pursuing this effort at the request of Eisenhower Health. These are crucial resources as we all work together at the federal, state and local levels of government to overcome this pandemic.”
Eisenhower Health is one of three hospitals in the Coachella Valley.
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