At the Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, they’re now treating a record number of covid patients more than anytime since the pandemic began.
The increase in patients is putting an added strain on the region’s health care system.
At the Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, they’re now treating a record number of covid patients more than anytime since the pandemic began. The increase in patients is putting an added strain on the region’s health care system.
Think of the recent surge in covid cases,and the resulting impact in now common business language
“The system is under stress. they talk about supply chain disruptions. this is a disruption of the care chain. this is whats going on in health care. we have people in the hospital for the simple reason they cant go home independently. They cant go home with home health.normally they would go to a place that cant keep them,and so were keeping them”
Mt.nittany Medical Center Administrator Tom Charles says as of Monday Night, there were 76 covid patients at the hospital many of them unvaccinated
“We wouldn’t have nearly the magnitude of challenges we have if we were talking about the number of hospitalized vaccinated patients.its is far and away unvaccinated individuals”
And Charles adds many of their covid patients are seriously ill
“And it means the resources used to care for them is also more intensive than if you less severely ill. so you’re in the hospital longer. it takes more to care for a person who is severely”
Mt. Nittany continues to find more space dedicated soley to covid patients, they’re frequently making adjustments-for surgeries, visitation and other policies. Earlier this month, the hospital took the previously unheard of action of temporarily diverting ambulances for several hours from coming into its emergency department
“We’re at the point were having to keep to do things like postponing surgeries.s o were having the same capacity challenges that you’re seeing other health systems report. its not just a Mt.Nittany issue.its a community issue.its a Central Pennsylvania issue really”