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Our local medical team at Cameron Regional Medical Center has become the area leader when it comes to addressing Covid-19. The effort here is making headlines in both St. Joseph and Kansas City.
While the lack of test kits has been a nationwide problem, our local hospital got right to work and set up a special Fever/Respiratory Tent near the Emergency Room entrance to screen those with COVID-like symptoms, utilizing tests with FDA Emergency Use Approval/Authorization.
Our hospital has fast become the recommended place to go to be tested for those who believe they have symptoms of the Coronavirus. It is using a rapid test before giving patients a swab test that is then sent to a lab. The rapid test shows if a person could have the virus and, if so, it can be followed up with the official lab test.
Other medical facilities are sending their patients here to be tested. To date, approximately 407 people have been tested, with 11 positive results covering several counties. Unless the symptoms are severe, those persons are sent home for self-quarantine.
The tent is open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. seven days week and has serviced patients from all over northwest Missouri, from Maryville to Liberty.
In early March, a special CRMC Coronavirus Task Force was formed that meets, at minimum, every Monday and Wednesday to make sure the most up-to-date protocols and care are available.
This Task Force includes: Laeeq Azmat, M.D., Chairman; the CRMC Active Medical Staff; Jake Barton, FNP; Cassi Deskins, FNP; Damond Erickson, R.Ph.; Tami Easton, R.N.; Ginger Graham, R.N.; Misty Ward, R.N.; Rose Streu, Purchasing; and Chris Wiebelhaus, MT(ASCP).
With elective surgeries being postponed and consulting specialists not traveling, the number of patients in our hospital (as well as all over the nation) is down by approximately 75 percent.
In Cameron, however, nearly all staff members are in place and getting regular paychecks. The hospital applied for, and received, a Small Business Loan as a result of the CARES Act passed by Congress. This loan will not have to be repaid if staff numbers remain relatively constant over the next two months. Likewise, to assist with the added expense of addressing COVID-19 and the drastic decrease in patient volume, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has distributed grants to providers that will not have to be repaid, as long as certain criteria are met.
In these stressful times, it is reassuring to know our hospital team is handling the crisis, and handling it well.
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Winston Churchill made that statement 80 years ago, but it is just as appropriate today.