October 3, 2022


For First-Rate Health

Navy medical personnel coming to support health workers at Green Bay’s Bellin Hospital

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Twenty U.S. Navy medical personnel are being deployed to Green Bay to support health care workers at Bellin Hospital amid the current COVID-19 surge.

The personnel include doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists. They’re coming at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is also deploying teams to Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico.

“While we are incredibly grateful to be receiving federal assistance, we know that this assistance is temporary,” said Chris Woleske, President and CEO of Bellin Health. “As a result, we are asking the community to work with us to stop the spread of COVID-19 by masking and getting vaccinated to ensure our hospitals and health systems can continue to provide high-quality care for all who need it.”

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says COVID-19 cases are surging in the state. On Monday, the state issued a Public Health Advisory due to the fast spread of the omicron variant.

“Our health care systems continue to be under tremendous pressure. Across Wisconsin, 96 percent of intensive care beds and 98 percent of intermediate care beds are currently in use,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “The FEMA team will be essential to supporting our health care system in Northeastern Wisconsin. We continue to be in conversations with our federal partners to help other hospitals and health care systems in our state that are at or over capacity. This support is essential to ensuring Wisconsinites have access to this critical care.”

Action 2 News reported earlier this month that Wisconsin asked the federal government for medical reserve teams at the request of 270 health care facilities saying they need staffing help. Statewide, more than 1,600 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, who need more staff support and are in the hospital longer than the average patient.

“Since COVID began, our military medical personnel have been committed to fighting the pandemic and supporting our local, state and federal partners and communities in need,” said Lt. Gen. John R. Evans Jr., commander of the U.S. Army North joint Department of Defense effort. “As we look ahead to the holiday season and 2022, we must remain vigilant in our fight, especially now as Indiana and Wisconsin are added to our supported states, and we must keep in our thoughts the service members and healthcare professionals on the front lines.

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