by: Wayne Smith
On behalf of our members, we want to say thank you for your support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
This chart below illustrates the challenge that may yet lay ahead. With the patient census at our hospitals reaching historic highs, it is sobering to realize that peak flu season is most likely in our future - not our present nor our past.
Delaware hospital workers are going full bore every single shift, every single day. Governor Carney, his Administration, and members of the General Assembly have been extremely supportive. Even as I write, national guard members are on duty at hospitals, some from the DelTech accelerated CNA training program (the first class graduated Saturday), some from units stood up to provide non-clinical support. We are working with our educational institutions and delivering health care matriculants and majors to our facilities as well as making appeals to the general public to help out. All to assure Delaware’s hospitals will meet the urgency of the hour.
Wayne Smith is President & CEO of the Delaware Healthcare Association