Henry Community Health At Capacity, Again.

Henry Community Health continues to see record numbers of patients in the emergency room seeking treatment for COVID and other critical health issues. The increase in patients has caused an emergency for many area hospitals, including HCH. The census across all inpatient units has been at capacity which has required the cancellation of some elective surgeries and required the holding of patients in the emergency department as they await an inpatient bed. “Patient surgeries are being delayed due to the high census and our COVID numbers,” said Paul Janssen, president and CEO.

This surge has pushed doctors, nurses, and front-line care providers to their limits.

“Our team has worked tirelessly for 2 years caring for patients while working through indescribable mental and physical exhaustion and an unimaginable high level of stress,” said Shelley Wilson, chief nursing officer. “The shortage of healthcare workers only adds to that stress,” added Wilson.

HCH is asking for your help.

We are asking the community, our neighbors, our friends and our family members to refocus on the mitigation tactics that help prevent COVID-19 from spreading. If you are not vaccinated, please get vaccinated. Recommit to wearing your mask in public and at social gatherings. Keep a distance in all settings, wash your hands frequently and if you are not feeling well, stay home. We must band together as a community to get through this surge and stop the spread.