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Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team Arrives to Provide Support to ECRMC

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  • Written By: Israel Cruz

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.