|National Guard asked to help staff Oregon State Hospital|
Story by Associated Press - Story Source
|Published on Sunday May 30, 2021 - 5:32 AM|
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the state's health authority, which oversees the hospital, requested 30 nurses from the National Guard. The governor's office has not reached a decision on whether to fill that request.
"We need your help," Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen wrote on Tuesday to state employees. "OHA has exhausted all other staffing options for the hospital's Salem Campus, and our circumstances are dire."
Officials say the hospital, which employs 1,800 people and has more than 600 patients, is full and temporarily stopped new admissions.
The hospital treats some of the state's most vulnerable: those found guilty except for insanity, civil commitment patients, and those ordered to the hospital by a judge on aid and assist orders.
Hospital Superintendent Dolly Matteucci told state lawmakers on earlier this month that nearly 700 employees had taken some form of COVID-19 leave and From February to March there was a 45% increase in direct-care staff taking leave.
Matteucci told hospital supervisors Tuesday that they would be required to work weekend shifts on patient units starting this weekend and continuing through July 4...