St. Luke’s Hospital currently facing staff and bed shortage due to Covid-19

Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 5:16 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Some hospitals are saying staff is burnt out from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and it’s affecting their staffing.

UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital’s website lists 135 job openings ranging from nursing to support staff. Hospital leaders said COVID-19 fatigue is causing many staff to retire or change careers.

That’s left the hospital close to capacity as COVID-19 cases pick up. Dr. Dustin Arnold, the hospital’s chief medical officer, said they are fortunate they haven’t had to turn away non-coronavirus patients.

“Something has got to give at some point. And we’ve made a significant effort to preserve regular appointments, heart failure check-ups, and diabetic checkups, diagnostics, and laboratory studies, electrical procedures that need to be done,” Arnold said.

Arnold said that he also hopes more young people will consider a career in the medical field to eventually fill the need.

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