15-person team from the U.S. Air Force assigned for 30 days
Muskegon, Mich. (January 4, 2022) – At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Air Force members arrived at Mercy Health Muskegon on December 30, 2021 to help provide much-needed medical assistance onsite. This 15-person team will support the health care workers who are treating COVID-19 patients.
The team, consisting of two physicians, five nurses, seven medics and one administration support person, will be assigned to Mercy Health Muskegon for the next 30 days. They will be filling clinical roles within the hospital according to their training. The medics will be utilized in both the Emergency Department and the monoclonal antibody (mAB) clinic.
“Mercy Health Muskegon is truly grateful for the clinical support being provided by the skilled team of Air Force men and women deployed on our behalf,” said Justin Grill, DO, chief medical officer, Mercy Health Muskegon. “They are working alongside our full-time clinical team providing care to the members of our community. Each individual comes with a unique set of skills and experiences, and we have worked with the team leadership to most fully utilize each individual deployed to Muskegon.”
The federal staffing team comes as Michigan hospitals are experiencing a spike in COIVD-19 patients, the vast majority of whom are unvaccinated. We are encouraging our community members to get vaccinated and get boosted if they are eligible. To help limit the spread of COVID-19, we still recommend wearing a mask, avoiding large crowds when possible, washing your hands frequently, staying home if you are sick, and getting tested if you suspect you may have COVID-19.
For more information about COVID-19 or to schedule a vaccine appointment, visit www.MercyHealth.com/COVID.
About Mercy Health
Mercy Health, a member of Trinity Health, is a regional, multi-campus, Catholic health care system serving West Michigan and the lakeshore with 3 hospital campuses, 736 hospital beds, and more than 8,000 colleagues, as well as hospice, home health and long-term care service offerings. Mercy Health has annual operating revenues of about $1.4 billion and returns about $80 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs. Mercy Health Physician Partners, a multi-specialty medical group, employs more than 960 physicians and advanced practice professionals in more than 80 physician offices in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and along the West Michigan lakeshore. Mercy Health is committed to being a trusted health partner for life, transforming the communities we serve, by providing high-quality care that is the most accessible, compassionate and personalized in West Michigan. Visit us at MercyHealth.com.