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NORTH STREET. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – Days after local hospital officials requested help from the federal government, help will arrive at a local hospital. Others will have to do without.

Eleven St. Louis-area hospitals have asked the federal government to send in doctors and nurses to help ease a severe staffing shortage that is straining hospitals’ ability to care for patients.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Pandemic Task Force says 44 medical professionals will soon arrive at Christian Hospital. The task force recently requested assistance to support 11 hospitals and medical facilities due to the growing number of COVID-19 patients.

The ten other hospitals that have asked for federal aid will not get it. A total of 951 medical personnel were called upon for the hospitals. The requests from each hospital were as follows:

  • Mercy Washington Hospital: 117-122
  • Mercy Hospital Jefferson: 72
  • Southern Mercy Hospital: 135
  • South Mercy Hospital: 82
  • SSM Health Saint-Joseph Hospital: 74
  • SSM Health St. Joseph Lake St. Louis: 22
  • SSM Health SLU Hospital: 97
  • SSM Health DePaul Hospital: 104
  • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital: 105
  • Saint-Luc Hospital: 110
  • BJC Christian Hospital: 28

The 44 workers helped at Christian Hospital represent only 4% of the number requested. Christian Hospital President Rick Stevens expressed positivity for his hospital staff.

“All of our staff at Christian Hospital have shown dedication and commitment to excellent patient care as we pursue our health and safety mission together,” Stevens said. “This assistance is a beacon of hope for us as we continue to serve our community during this unprecedented time.”

The task force hospitals were told that they would only get one team of doctors and nurses who would only serve in one hospital. The task force chose Christian Hospital, in part because it cares for underserved populations and also because northern areas of St. Louis County have some of the highest COVID infection rates. .

Hospitals are struggling to recruit staff during the omicron surge because so many employees are sick, in quarantine, or caring for a sick loved one. Stevens said his hospital had 100 employees off work because they were sick.

“We are grateful that the federal government chose us to provide the assistance,” Stevens said.

Earlier this month, a 15-member medical team was deployed to Research Medical Center in Kansas City from the National Disaster Medical System. According to the Defense Ministry, 14 military medical teams are currently deployed in hospitals across the country. Since the start of the pandemic, 5,300 service members have served in community hospitals.

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