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KRMC asks for public understanding and cooperation during COVID surge

Written by The Bee News

December 17, 2020

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KRMC asks for public understanding and cooperation during COVID surge

Kingman, Arizona, December 17, 2020 – As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in our community, Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) is asking for the public’s help.

Since October, COVID hospitalizations at KRMC have risen by record numbers. The hospital has activated surge plans to accommodate patients who require hospitalization. However, hospital staff are strained.

According to Jim Wells, KRMC Chief Nursing Officer, “Our doctors and nurses are exhausted after many months of dealing with COVID. Some are getting sick themselves.”

The hospital has been using some travel labor to help care for patients. But, those resources are becoming more limited as hospitals nationwide are also dealing with rising COVID cases.

Recently, KRMC began redeploying staff from some of its outpatient services to inpatient care. With this, patients may experience delays with certain non-essential medical services, such as imaging and primary care.

“We apologize for any delays, but hope people understand that we’re doing everything we can to care for our community under difficult circumstances,” says Wells.

As weary healthcare professionals spend the holidays caring for sick patients, KRMC urges the public to help limit the spread of COVID in our community by heeding the advice of public health officials. Please wear a mask in public, wash your hands, and avoid social gatherings. Most importantly, stay home if you are sick.

If you experience minor COVID symptoms, please stay home and use KRMC Care Anywhere, an online telemedicine service. If you do not have access to the Internet, call your primary care provider.

There is no cost for using Care Anywhere and health insurance is not required. For more information, please see KRMC’s website at azkrmc.com or call the hospital’s Coronavirus Call Center at 928-263-3456.

About Kingman Regional Medical Center

(KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus health care system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,900 employees, 150 volunteers, and 329 physicians/allied health professionals. KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. It is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center. KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance.

 

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