CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO – OhioHealth Berger Hospital announced they will welcome ten members of the Ohio National Guard next week to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts. Guard members will not provide direct patient care but will be providing non-clinical support to care teams in various areas of the hospital.
Guard members will take on tasks allowing the hospital’s caregivers to focus on delivering high quality care for patients as the community experiences a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Examples of roles for the guard members include: serving as patient companions, providing assistance to patients with mobility limitations, stocking supplies, cleaning patient rooms and delivering meals.
“We appreciate the efforts of Governor DeWine to deploy Ohio National Guard members across Ohio to assist hospitals including Berger,” said Tim Colburn, OhioHealth Berger Hospital president. “Our dedicated providers and associates continue to work tirelessly through this pandemic, providing safe and high-quality care for our patients. Our frontline associates are emotionally drained from the toll of so many seriously ill patients and the loss of life from this infection. The support of the Ohio National Guard will provide a welcome relief and we’re very grateful to accept this resource.”
Guard members will arrive at Berger on Monday, January 10 for orientation and will begin working at the hospital Tuesday, January 11. Guard members are slated to assist at Berger for a defined period of time, however, assignments will be continually evaluated and shortened or lengthened as needed.
For more information about the support of the Ohio National Guard during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Ohio Department of Health, click here.
For more information about the OhioHealth system’s receipt of support from the Ohio National Guard, click here.
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