TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Stormont Vail Health held a weekly briefing in regard to Stormont Vail`s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, where they discussed the possibility of creating a field hospital in Shawnee County.
The idea was originally introduced in November as a potential collaboration of the University of Kansas Health System St. Francis, Shawnee County Emergency Management and Stormont Vail Health. However, a problem being faced by the facilities is finding healthcare workers to staff the field hospital.
“Where are these people going to come from?” Stormont Vail’s President and CEO Dr. Robert Kenagy said. “Our experience in Shawnee County is the experience across our section of the state, and across the state, and across the Midwest and across the country.”
Stormont has already made two requests for an additional 150 healthcare workers, with over 200 of their staff out because of the coronavirus.
Due to this, Stormont will not be able to help staff the field hospital until their actual hospital is fully staffed, Kenagy said.
If the field hospital is made possible, there are plans that it could potentially be at the Stormont Vail Events Center.
You can watch the full meeting below: