NHRMC to Erect Tent Near ED to Meet Potential Community Needs

March 27, 2020
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To better care for our patients and meet the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, NHRMC has secured state approval to open a temporary structure for patient care operations.

The hard wall tent will be adjacent to the 17th Street Campus Emergency Department and will have heating and cooling, electricity, and will accommodate use of phones and the electronic medical record. 

This additional structure allows for more efficient use of space, equipment and staff and is part of NHRMC’s preparations to accommodate any increase in patients seeking care related to COVID-19 in our region.

“In addition to giving us more space, this temporary area also allows us to protect our staff, providers and other patients by limiting exposure to potentially infectious diseases and accommodate additional demand for our services,” said James Bryant, Administrator of Emergency Services. A primary function of the space is to meet the immediate needs of patients seeking care. Patients will be screened and appropriate tests for COVID-19 and associated illnesses may be performed. Patients may be discharged from that space, or those requiring additional care would be seen in traditional areas of the Emergency Department. 

In addition to the main tent, NHRMC is also adding a portable restroom trailer and a smaller tent to stage staff, supplies and equipment.