Drop in COVID related hospitalizations gives CRMC staff a much needed break

A positive message to the community on one of CRMC's windows in November.
A positive message to the community on one of CRMC's windows in November.(Will Thomas)
Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 6:26 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In November and early December, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s President and CEO, Tim Thornell, said the hospital was “feeling the impacts” of more than 60 COVID related hospitalizations.

Now in the New Year, hospitalizations are down significantly and CRMC is using this time to give its staff a much needed break.

“We are very grateful to our staff but we also know we’ve stressed them both physically and emotionally. So to be able to try and help them regenerate, get back with their families, is wonderful for us,” said CRMC Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Chapman.

In the last couple months, CRMC has been hit hard by the pandemic, mainly when it comes to staff, many who have been exposed or contracted COVID-19. CRMC has had some help from the Wyoming National Guard and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Chapman said with hospitalizations down to around 20 right now, they are also evaluating how they can handle a rise in hospitalizations better.

“It gives us a chance to be sure that we’ve got supplies stocked, we’re always assessing how can we do it better the next time this comes around,” said Dr. Chapman.

Dr. Chapman said they expect another spike in cases at some point, and the community needs to continue doing its part in the fight against the pandemic.

“This is the tough part, this is where we’ve got to continue to be vigilant. As much as all of us want to get to a normal life, I think that taking the time putting the effort in to socially distance, wear your mask, stay away from large gatherings and if you feel comfortable getting a vaccine when they become available, is more important than ever to be able to finish the race,” said Dr. Chapman.

Speaking of vaccines, Dr. Chapman said as of this week, they’ve vaccinated around 600 of their staff. He’s excited to continue getting the community vaccinated and for us to get through the pandemic.

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