FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Nov. 18, 2021) – A medical response team from the Department of Defense will be working side-by-side with UCHealth health care workers in their battle against COVID-19 starting next week.
A team of approximately 20 nurses, providers, respiratory therapists and administrators will be deployed to UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins for approximately a month. The team is coming to support hospital staff and patients and ease capacity and staffing challenges.
“We are so grateful that this team will assist us in providing exceptional care in northern Colorado,” said Kevin Unger, the president and chief executive officer at PVH and UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. “We anticipate this additional support and other plans we already have in the works will help make a significant difference.”
The additional support was made possible by FEMA after a request from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and the state of Colorado.
As of this morning, UCHealth is caring for 373 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across the state. This is the highest number the health system has seen this year. Approximately 140 of those patients require intensive care. Approximately 100 of the total number of patients are being cared for at UCHealth’s hospitals in northern Colorado, including PVH.
“Our providers and staff have been working long, hard days and nights for more than 20 months now. They are weary but continue to show up every day to serve our community with pride,” Unger added. “They will appreciate the support.”
Not only will this help boost staffing at PVH, but it also will free up additional UCHealth staff members and providers to be able to support operations at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and Greeley Hospital.
“We know the individuals on this medical response team will be spending the holidays away from their families, friends and homes to help us care for our community,” Unger said. “We thank them for their service and their sacrifice.”
UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 25,000 employees, 12 acute–care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.