INDIANA – IU Health has requested assistance from the National Guard for most of its hospitals.
“As COVID cases continue to increase and hospitalization of COVID and non-COVID patients reach all-time highs, the demand and strain on Indiana University Health’s team members, nurses, and providers have never been greater. To best support our team members and patients, IU Health will leverage all available resources and enlist members of Indiana’s National Guard, in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Health, to assist in areas of critical need. All IU Health South Central Region hospitals have their National Guard teams in place at this time,” IU said in a press release. “IU Health is proud to partner with the Indiana Department of Health and National Guard in this effort to care for the people of Indiana.”
The six-person National Guard teams consist of two clinical and four non-clinical service members, and deployments are in two-week increments.
While clinical service members may treat patients, the non-clinical service members will offer administrative and logistical support to allow hospital teams to focus on patient care.
All members of the National Guard teams are fully vaccinated.