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Parkview, Lutheran Health address hospital capacity concerns amid COVID-19 surge

Parkview, Lutheran Health address hospital capacity concerns amid COVID-19 surge

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Hospital systems in northeastern Indiana remain under pressure from a continued rise in COVID-19 cases.

WANE 15 reached out to Parkview and Lutheran Health about hospital capacity concerns. Both groups continue to monitor hospital capacity and care for those who need immediate attention.

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Lutheran Health

The increasing number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and other illnesses and injuries continues to put pressure on hospitals across the Lutheran Health Network. Our hospitals have taken steps to manage capacity and continue to provide care to anyone who needs immediate medical attention. We are grateful to our dedicated staff for the intense work and focus they maintain while maintaining compassionate care for all patients. Precautions have an impact on reducing the spread of viruses and hospitalizations, so we strongly encourage our community to get vaccinated, wear a mask in public, social distancing and wash hands regularly.

Spokesperson for Lutheran Health

Lutheran Health also responded to a Supreme Court ruling which scrapped a federal vaccine mandate for major employers while maintaining a mandate for healthcare workers. A spokesperson told WANE 15 that most health professionals have already been vaccinated, but Lutheran Health is waiting for further guidance before enforcing a vaccine mandate.

Following today’s Supreme Court decision, we await updated guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on whether it will continue to enforce its vaccination mandate for health professionals. In response to the preliminary injunction of the CMS mandate, our hospitals had lifted the requirement for unvaccinated employees to start the COVID-19 vaccine series or have a religious or medical exemption.

The majority of our healthcare providers have already chosen to be vaccinated and more are choosing to be vaccinated now. We continue to strongly encourage vaccination as it provides the most protection against COVID-19 and emerging new variants.

Spokesperson for Lutheran Health

Park view Health

With the rapidly rising COVID-19 activity, we are concerned about the health of our community. We are still managing an unprecedented demand for healthcare in our hospitals. Our walk-in clinics and emergency departments also continue to see record high patient numbers.

Since mid-December, when COVID-19 hospitalizations in the region neared record highs, the number has fallen only slightly. The trend can be seen on the IDOH dashboard for District 3.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Parkview is committed to maintaining operations for patients with COVID-19 and other healthcare needs. Hospital capacity, including ICU capacity, is continuously monitored and managed by health system leaders, and all Parkview hospitals continue to accept patients and ambulances.

We need the community to know that vaccines remain the most effective way to reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization or death from COVID-19. We strongly encourage vaccination, including booster shots for those who qualify. Most hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are among the unvaccinated. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit parkview.com/covidvaccin.

Spokesperson for Parkview Health