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Kingman Regional Medical Center to get staffing relief from military personnel

U.S. Air Force personnel complete paperwork to begin in-processing after arriving at Kingman Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Feb. 28 to help relieve hospital personnel during the coronavirus pandemic.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Ybarra, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Public domain)

U.S. Air Force personnel complete paperwork to begin in-processing after arriving at Kingman Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Feb. 28 to help relieve hospital personnel during the coronavirus pandemic. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Ybarra, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Public domain)

KINGMAN – The Kingman Regional Medical Center is getting a helping hand from U.S. Air Force personnel.

According to a KRMC news release, a team of 30 U.S. Air Force medical personnel arrived in Kingman on Sunday, Feb. 28 to provide staffing support to KRMC.

“This support comes at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and as part of the whole-of-government COVID-19 response operations,” KRMC wrote.

Pursuant to the president’s National Emergency Declaration in March, 2020, the Department of Defense has deployed military health system teams to assist in the public health response to COVID-19.

KRMC made a request through the FEMA in early January for additional nurses and respiratory therapists to provide relief for local staff.

The hospital recently learned that U.S. Army North, the Joint Force Land Component Command of U.S Northern Command, will oversee the military response at the hospital in support of federal efforts and the state. The Air Force medical providers consist of medical/surgical registered nurses, critical care (ICU) registered nurses and respiratory therapists.

“Our forces continue to support hospitals treating COVID-19 patients at the request of FEMA,” said Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson, ARNORTH and JFLCC commander. “This is a multi-service undertaking and just one facet of the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We are very grateful to FEMA and the Department of Defense for providing medical personnel to support our hospital’s COVID-19 response,” said KRMC CEO Will McConnell. “With the military team on hand, our current staff who have been working tirelessly since this time last year can get some much-needed relief.”

With the additional personnel on-hand, KRMC staff who were redeployed to COVID units will now return to their regular units.

McConnell thanked the Mohave County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services for assisting with the FEMA request process.

Information provided by Kingman Regional Medical Center

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