Memorial Hospital postponing surgeries amid COVID-19 surge

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 1:50 PM CDT
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JASPER, Ind. (WFIE) - Officials with Memorial Hospital in Jasper said they are postponing non-urgent surgeries where the patient needs to stay overnight.

They said it is a case by case basis, but is necessary because of the strain coronavirus cases are putting on the hospital.

Late last week, Memorial Hospital’s COVID hospitalization numbers showed 30 patients, two of whom were vaccinated. Of those, officials say 15 were in the ICU, and eight were on ventilators.

Dr. Stanley Tretter, the hospital’s chief medical officer, said that some of the strain comes from a lack of available staff.

“They’re tired,” Tretter said of the dwindling workforce. “It’s been a long 18 months and they’ve been working lots of extra shifts in order to provide the care they need.”

Tretter also said transporting patients to other hospitals they work with has been a challenge because places like Evansville, Owensboro and Louisville are experiencing the same issues.

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