EL CENTRO, Calif. – December 14, 2020 – El Centro Regional
Medical Center (ECRMC) has announced the arrival of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services’ Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT)
to provide support during the current surge of COVID-19 patients.
At the request of the state of California, the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services deployed a team of medical professionals from its National
Disaster Medical System (NDMS). The 33-member DMAT includes physicians
and other advanced practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, respiratory therapists,
paramedics, as well as safety and administrative specialists to provide
surge support to Imperial County. Twenty-seven (27) personnel will provide
support to ECRMC’s medical surgical department.
“Unfortunately, the number of those infected here in Imperial County
continues to rise and we are doing everything in our power to keep up
with the demand,” said Dr. Adolphe Edward, CEO of ECRMC. “Our
incredible team of medical staff and providers have continued to work
tirelessly throughout the duration of this pandemic, but they can sure
use more help, we are extremely grateful for the additional support.”
DMAT team members will collaborate with local staff and medical personnel
to provide short-term medical support and expertise to help better manage
the surge in patients. The team will be here for 14 days; if additional
support is still required following that, the State may request an extension.
As of this morning ECRMC has 112 inpatient COVID-19 hospitalizations. The
surge capacity tents outside of ECRMC are licensed for 50 beds. While
not full, the tents are currently seeing patients.
“While we are happy to have the help,” said Edward. “It
is more critical than ever to stop the spread. We are asking our community
to please follow recommendations to avoid contracting and spreading this
virus. Wash your hands often, practice social distancing, wear masks in
public and avoid large gatherings. We, as a community, can make a difference
by simply following these guidelines.”
About El Centro Regional Medical Center
El Centro Regional Medical Center is an acute-care medical center, serving
the health care needs of the Imperial Valley since 1956. In addition to
a 161-bed hospital facility, ECRMC also owns and operates a state-of-the-art
Medical Office Building housing the Oncology & Hematology Center,
Wound Healing Center, Outpatient Imaging Services, as well as numerous
specialty clinics. Off-campus facilities include two outpatient clinics
in El Centro and Calexico and a Community Education Center located at
the Imperial Valley Mall. ECRMC provides comprehensive healthcare services
for residents seeking enhanced well-being and improved quality of life.