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    November 17, 2020

    BRAWELY — In response to the growing cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 across the nation, state, and community, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has dispatched additional beds and accompanying equipment to Pioneers Memorial Hospital, according to a press release.

    The 10 additional beds will be assembled and added inside Walker Auditorium and will be an extension of the hospital’s Medical Surgical Department.

    EMSA will also equip and staff an additional 10 med-surg beds on the second floor adjacent to the hospital’s Definitive Observation and Intensive Care Unit beds.

     

    The hospital also received some supporting nursing staff Monday, November 16, and is hoping to have much more arrive later this week, the release stated.

     

    Two intensivist physicians will also be added from EMSA in the hospital’s COVID-19 surge preparation.

    As of noon Tuesday, November 17, the County’s ambulances retrieving patients from the border will be alternating hourly to transport patients to El Centro Regional Medical Center and PMHD, respectively.

    According to the release, this method will be tested in hopes the patient load can be better balanced between the two facilities prior to sending patients out of the County.

    Feature Article. The Desert Review. https://www.thedesertreview.com/