Hospitals in the valley keep up with rising COVID-19 cases

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 6:22 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - With COVID-19 cases still on the rise, hospital beds in Virginia have reached 76% capacity, up nearly 10% from last year. Hospitalizations in the state as of Wednesday have risen to over 1,500. Health care workers remain hopeful they can keep up with the surge.

Sentara RMH has made significant changes to accommodate the growing number of sick patients. Vice President of Medical Affairs Anthony Bruno says they have ramped up levels of service, changed areas for certain services, trained more nurses and staff and use PPE appropriately.

Bruno says when it comes to the virus, they are taking it one day at a time.

“Our leaders at all levels work to get updated on where we are status wise, how many patients we have, how many are coming in, how many are being discharged so that we have a pretty good idea at any point in time what our capacity is,” Bruno said.

He says after making some adjustments around the hospital, they have been able to get back to some of their normal practices.

“We have learned lots of lessons on how to manage these patients and care for them, and how to place them in various areas within the hospital so that we can accommodate surges in volume,” Bruno said. “So that we can still take good care of our patients and keep everybody safe.”

Like Sentara, Valley Health officials say they have been learning about the coronavirus as a team, as well as finding a work-life balance.

“We are really focusing on the mental health and emotional health of the members of our team in different ways,” says Skip Philips, Senior Vice President of Valley Health. “So we have been trying to offer resources by providing rotations of people in and out of different areas. We’re really trying to take care of the emotional well-being of team members as well. It affects all of us.”

Philips says their team has done a phenomenal job despite the stress.

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