CHI Mercy Medical Center is postponing some surgeries because its strained resources are being stretched by a “high volume of infected unvaccinated patients being admitted to the hospital for intensive treatment.”

“The current projections are deeply concerning,” the hospital said in a statement. “In the absence of wise and decisive action, Mercy will experience a more than doubling of her current COVID patient load by mid-September. Such a scenario would overwhelm our capacity and paralyze our ability to provide all types of care.”

Currently, the hospital has 43 total COVID patients spread across multiple units, with 11 being managed in intensive care. Eight are being “actively sustained by invasive mechanical airway support.”

If the local COVID surge doesn’t slow, the hospital said it will be pushed beyond its normal operating standards and be “forced to make difficult triaging and allocation decisions.”

“In practical terms, if the trend does not improve, the Life Care Team might be confronted with the painful task of prioritizing treatment, according to who would medically benefit the most from the care being provided,” the hospital said in a statement. “This would be predicated on recognized, evidenced-based guidelines.”

More immediately, the hospital is postponing some surgical procedures that aren’t urgent, the hospital said.

“For instance, if an elective procedure has a high probability of requiring post-surgical bed use and hospitalization then it won’t be scheduled or performed,” the hospital said.

The Douglas County Commissioners released a statement after Mercy announced the change.

“The Douglas County Board of Commissioners would like to express their continued support and appreciation to CHI Mercy Medical Center and all of their staff for the incredible job they have done in caring for the medical needs of our community during the current health care crisis,” the statement said. “We encourage everyone to join us in supporting their efforts and in working together, so we can prevent any additional unnecessary interruptions to the medical needs of our community in the coming days and weeks.”

In the past two weeks, Douglas County has seen 1,100 new cases — a fifth of the total cases in the area, according to data provided by the Douglas County COVID-19 Recovery Team. Daily totals, now routinely appearing in the triple-digits, are dwarfing those seen in the early days of the pandemic, and hospitalizations have doubled.

More than 85% of those hospitalized were not vaccinated, according to the county, and the number of vaccinated individuals still remains low, with just a touch more than 57% of the county receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.

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reginab.bennett

Well, what is this app about? I think this one is about the best healthcare apps works and I hope you'll love it. I am also a student and I am doing work on an app with my banking app development cost team and that's why I am reading some good sources for this. I hope you'll like it too

Mike

CommonSpirit Health, the parent company for Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, mandates COVID-19 vaccination for employees in 21 states (below link). The compliance deadline for the vaccination requirement is Nov. 1, although the implementation date will vary by region in accordance with local and state regulations. Employees who are not in compliance and do not obtain a medical or religious exemption risk losing their jobs.

The damage will already have been done before November 1 compliance date.

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/workforce/commonspirit-health-mandates-covid-19-vaccination-for-employees-in-21-states.html

Mike

14 of the last 16 Douglas County hospital deaths have died at Mercy. Don't forget Mercy's hospital workers are among the lowest vaccinated in Oregon at 54% according to the Oregon Health Authority (below link).

https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19/viz/OregonHealthCareWorkforceCOVID-19VaccineUptake/Dash-Overview

NJ

“The Douglas County Board of Commissioners would like to express their continued support and appreciation to CHI Mercy Medical Center...incredible job they have done in caring for the medical needs ... during the current health care crisis,” And the Catholic Health Initiative in Chicago ought to sue the pants off the Douglas County Commission/Board of Health, and Mercy Medical Center for refusing to mandate vaccination and safety protocols during a deadly pandemic or, "current health crisis". Fellas, if you can't call it a deadly virus, perhaps a judge needs to remind you. Wouldn't surprise me a bit if families of those lost to Covid start filing wrongful death civil lawsuits against the Big Thinkers since they have been the "deciders" of this amazing, fantastic, wheel of death game. Yes folks, play often, eventually you or someone you love will die but hey, afterward you'll be able to hold a wake at your favorite pub - no masks required. Your Commissioners will meet you there to shake hands and express their continued support for your help in opening the economy.

melrosereader

The commissioners JUST DON'T CARE IF YOU DIE.

Mike

There is NOT "just a touch more than 57% of the county receiving at least one dose of the vaccine" as stated in the article. This falsely misrepresents the percentage of "eligible" county residents who have received the vaccine and doesn't include county children who are still ineligible. The News-Review keeps posting this wrong number.

According to the CDC (below link), 47% of Douglas County's total population has received one dose of vaccine and 42.3% are fully vaccinated. The CDC's numbers include all VA hospital and Tribal sites.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations-county-view

Really?

It is unbelievably frustrating to deal with people who are so stubborn and yeah I say ignorant that they would rather rant & rave about freedom of choice while putting others in harms way. If you don’t want to be vaccinated then stay home but DO NOT jeopardize others with your selfish ways. All business should require proof of being vaccinated by demanding patrons show vaccine cards. Also the unvaccinated should be the last ones admitted to medical facilities. You play with fire you will get burned.

Wretched722

Projections are not reality.

melrosereader

And your point is?

CitizenJoe

Wretched722: “I skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” --Wayne Gretzky.

Wretched, you could not catch a baseball without *projection*: the "image" on your retina is already just a tiny bit late, and by the time the signal gets to your visual cortex, a fast baseball is many feet from where you would "see" it if you saw reality. But your visual cortex, and then the rest of your brain accurately (or inaccurately!) "see" it *where it's going*, not where it was when the first photons struck your retinas.

Absent projections, rocket science and brain surgery would both be impossible, as would be building bridges, or planning kids' lunches. Also, staffing emergency rooms, intensive care units, and morgue space.

Scott Mendelson

"In practical terms, if the trend does not improve, the Life Care Team might be confronted with the painful task of prioritizing treatment, according to who would medically benefit the most from the care being provided," the hospital said in a statement. "This would be predicated on recognized, evidenced-based guidelines."

If it reaches the point that someone lives and another dies due to the lack of beds and staff in the midst of this Covid pandemic, will the selfishness and foolishness of refusing to be vaccinated be taken into consideration when that choice is made?

Mike

Will the Commissioners past refusal to take action be taken into consideration when that choice is made?

CitizenJoe

Scott, yes; I wonder, too. But medical ethics--I know you know this--dictate that we care for people without regard for that kind of consideration. We give the same treatment to the wounded enemy from the battlefield as we do our own wounded; the same treatment for a wounded bank robber as for a wounded bank teller, and so on. Ditto the same treatment for idiots who endangered all of us.

TikTok right now has a righteous, F-bomb filled rant. His wife, stage 4 breast cancer was sent home prematurely to make room for Covid patients, who were mostly unvaccinated. Google: "One man has taken to TikTok to rant about the lack of space in hospitals right now due to Covid, and his video has gone viral" will get you the link.

I don't always wear a grin when I act (or try to act) ethically. But it's wise to try, I think.

Scott Mendelson

Yes, Joe. I know. I have treated people I would otherwise despise, and I have given them the same care I would have given my children. Hopefully, the question I posed will prompt the foolish and selfish to think again-- or perhaps for the first time.

CitizenJoe

Yes. Me, too. Thanks, and: that F-bomb rant clearly does not ask medical personnel to act unethically, but demands that people who declined measures that would have prevented their illness decline medical care, out of consistency. I really, really understand that sentiment, though few will follow that dictum.

melrosereader

So, instead of declaring their support for the governor's mask mandate for public indoor spaces, and mask mandates for schools, the commissioners offered the hospital and its staff "thoughts and prayers."

Democrat

the Commissioners are hypocrites interested in only their political careers...Their ALL things political. I hope people remember that when these Commissioners play "God" to Governor Brown

Mike

Why didn't the News-Review print the part of Mercy's statement that said,

"The current projections are deeply concerning. In the absence of wise and decisive action, Mercy will experience a more than doubling of her current COVID patient load by mid-September. Such a scenario would overwhelm our capacity and paralyze our ability to provide all types of care.”

Mike

"In the absence of wise and decisive action" is speaking directly to our County Commissioners who were delegated the authority to take such actions by the Governor at the Commissioners insistence. Unfortunately, issuing press releases is our County Commissioners version of taking "decisive action."

In the realm of "wise and decisive action." why doesn't Mercy MANDATE their health care workers be vaccinated? Only 54% of Mercy's health care workers are vaccinated according to the Oregon Health Authority (below link). Maybe Mercy should walk their own talk.

https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19/viz/OregonHealthCareWorkforceCOVID-19VaccineUptake/Dash-Overview

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Ian Campbell

I was still in the process of writing the article. It's included now.

Mike

Thank you.

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