National Guard assisting at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset is one of 21 hospitals around the state which will be receiving help from the Kentucky National Guard to assist with COVID-19 efforts according to a release from Governor Andy Beshear’s office.

LCRH CEO told the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset the assistance comes at a crucial time. 

“Like most facilities in our region and across the state, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is experiencing significant staffing shortages in certain departments as we continue to manage a high volume of patients and diligently search for qualified candidates for these openings,” Parker said. “In coordination with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, fifteen service men and women from the National Guard will arrive at our facility early next week to help alleviate staffing pressure by assisting with non-clinical duties for the next thirty-one days. We are extremely grateful to these individuals for their service and support, as we work together to fight the coronavirus and continue our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”

The guard members are assisting with non-clinical functions to allow hospital staff to focus more on patient care.

TJ Sampson Hospital in Glasgow, Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville, TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, CHI Saint Joseph Health in London, Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin and Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mount Vernon are a few other nearby hospitals that will also receive the assistance.

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