BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Healthcare facilities are grappling with a persistent lack of care and if you combine this with the pandemic, they desperately need more help.
Governor Kay Ivey announced Friday that she was providing funds from the CARES bill to help. The CARES bill will be used to pay for state nurses to come and help.
The $ 12.3 million federal grant will fund travel nurses who come to the state of Alabama to help with health facilities that need them.
Dr. Don Williamson, director of the Alabama Hospital Association, says the nurses will not be dispatched immediately. Part of the process is identifying who needs help most and then creating a plan based on those needs to serve the areas most in need.
At the moment he says more than half of the ventilators available are being used by COVID patients and we have reported a shortage of ICU beds, both of which stretch the staff extremely thin.
“We are very confident that in the next few days and weeks we will be able to support some of our hospitals that have been so negatively affected by this current crisis,” said Williamson.
Dr. Williamson calls this a critical point and commends the governor for raising the funds to get aid.
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