UVM Medical Center enacts emergency COVID staffing plan

Clinical Staff May Work Differently to Ensure Hospital Can Provide Needed Care While Colleagues Are Restricted Due to COVID-19

Vermont Business Magazine As hospitals across the United States face increasing COVID-19 cases among patients and staff due to the omicron variant, the number of UVM Medical Center employees restricted from work due to COVID-19 – after testing positive, experiencing symptoms, or having an exposure at home, at work or in the community – is currently at 422 and is expected to continue climbing. At the same time, other employees have needed to stay home to care for children or loved ones, and patient volumes continue to be high.

To continue providing acute and emergency care, beginning January 13, the UVM Medical Center will be operating under an emergency staffing plan that will deploy staff to areas of highest need. The plan is expected to be in place for several weeks, and will be reviewed weekly. If any services at outpatient clinics need to be adjusted going forward, we will inform patients and the community.

“Our staff have been extremely dedicated throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic, and we know they will continue to work together to provide needed care for our community in the face of yet another challenge,” said Peg Gagne, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer at The UVM Medical Center. “That said, it has been a long haul, and we have asked a lot from each of them – they are tired, and like all of us, want this to be over.”

“If you want to support our health care workers, who have been showing up day and night to save lives for two full years of this pandemic, please get vaccinated,” Gagne said. “If you are vaccinated, get your booster. If you know someone who is not vaccinated, help them get a vaccine. And continue to do the things we know make a difference: Wear a mask. Get tested when necessary. Distance when you are around others. Do not socialize when you feel ill.”

Hospitals across the UVM Health Network are facing similar challenges and will be making their own staffing decisions as needed.

Source: BURLINGTON, Vt. – UVMMC 1.12.2022