Army reservists relieve overworked Einstein hospital staff

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hospital staff within Einstein Healthcare Network will get a few extra helping hands starting Tuesday night. 

Beds and additional ICU space have been added to handle the number of COVID-19 patients across Einstein’s medical facilities. Staff have been working overtime and extra shifts to care for the continuous influx of patients.

Most are overworked, some are sick themselves.

Fortunately, for the next two months, five Army reservists from California will be on-hand to assist them.

“They will work under a team model under the direction of Einstein registered nurses,” said Gina Marone, Einstein chief nursing executive. “They come with different competencies and different education levels, but together in this team nursing model, they’d do things like EKGs, phlebotomy, turning patients.”

The reservists originally came to Philadelphia to staff Temple University’s Liacouras Center, which had been set up to handle the hospital overflow of coronavirus patients. Now, a few of them are being re-deployed to area hospitals. 

“They have been wonderful to work extra shifts to accommodate the volume, working overtime,” added Marone, “and certainly with the Army reservists this is a way to give them some support and also provide them some opportunity for them to take a rest, if needed. They have extra hands taking care of patients together.”

Marone said the reservists will work nights and weekends — the shifts with the greatest need.