0n January 31st, John Jurczyk, President of St. Joseph Hospital, SVP of Covenant Health, addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding the ongoing effects of the Pandemic on local hospitals. John shared a PowerPoint presentation with the club. It has been about 18 months since his last update was given. John wanted to share impact and accomplishments during the pandemic.
A year prior to the pandemic beginning, local health officials were meeting monthly to share resources and ideas. The healthcare community has worked together and grown together during this time to best serve the community. John spoke of COVID-19 inpatient activity and ICU levels during the past 2 years. People are deferring routine care due to pandemic conditions meaning that there will be lasting health effects after COVID fades. Workforce impact numbers were shared as well. 
 
Over the course of the pandemic, St.  Joseph Hospital and its staff had done thousands of tests, administered vaccines, given monoclonal antibody treatments, and discharged over 600 COVID patients. The State related emergency funding for St. Joseph Hospital stands at almost $3 million dollars.   
 
Employee vaccination is a requirement and about 95% are fully vaccinated. Over 15,000 masks have been donated to the hospital. The food pantry at the hospital has received over $11,000 in donations to help nursing students and employees. Thank you to the YMCA who enrolled many employees’ children in their childcare program allowing them to continue to work during the pandemic. 
 
St. Joseph received state, federal, and community support to help fund operations during 2020 and 2021. St. Joe’s is back to almost fully operational status. In Mid-Dec. National Guard COVID clerical support arrived. 10 to 12 people will be providing support until the end of February. Their support is greatly appreciated. NH DHHS sent FEMA paramedics to assist St. Joe’s.  8 nursing equivalent personnel have been assigned for a two-week assignment.
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