The Emporia Gazette

Bed shortages continued at Newman Regional Health between Sept. 1-14, with the hospital seeing a daily average of 23 hospitalized patients and leaving just two available beds for new cases.

Those 23 hospitalizations account for both COVID and non-COVID patients, and include 21 non-ICU beds and two ICU beds.

The hospital has reported eight COVID-19 positives per day, with three of those positives coming through Express Care, two being seen in the emergency room, two patients being inpatient and one patient in the ICU.

Of the 28 hospitalized COVID-19 patients seen at the hospital between July 1 - Sept. 7, 96.2% of patients — 25 — were unvaccinated. One vaccinated patient required hospitalization.

The average wait time for a transfer to another facility was 2 hours 22 minutes, with the shortest transfer time being 23 minutes and the longest transfer taking two days, 12 hours and 20 minutes.

According to the Associated Press, some overwhelmed hospitals have started canceling some surgeries and pushing off cancer treatments due to the number of COVID-19 patients.

(7) comments

Chronologist

It seems to me that a few years ago, the mission of Newman Regional Hospital changed into basically a triage center, farming patients out to Stormont Vail in Topeka, mostly. There used to be more beds for ICU patients, I believe. So I wonder if Newman's went on the cheap in providing medical services as a result?

Rationa1

I don't think it's that, so much, Chrono. It's supply-and-demand. We're close to Topeka and Wichita. Even to Kansas City. Many people I talk to in town would rather go to the big city for their care instead of a cow-town hospital (exact words from someone I overheard in Walmart). I don't think Newman's is being cheap--the marketplace has spoken and won't give them enough business to be 100-, 75-, or even 50-bed hospital.

Want a national-class hospital with plenty of bed space? Lobby the city and county to provide enough support that Newman's can add the beds and requisite staff. If you aren't willing to have a portion of your taxes go to that, then just be satisfied with the market-driven size of hospital we have.

railroadhorn

The 4 Covid hospitalizations are from Lyon County only. There may be Covid hospital beds being used by Chase, Morris, etc.

winstonsmith

observation here, according to data from the WHO (world Health Organization), average hospital beds per 10,000 population in the United States is 28.7 Lyon county has a population of right around 33,000. doing the math, for us to fall in line with the national average we should have around 95 beds, yet from the article our largest hospital only has 25 total available beds. that should be cause for alarm even during non pandemic times. unless i'm missing something (and please correct me if I am) we are nearly 4 times below the national average. it would seem that we suffer from a lack of hospital beds period, not purely due to covid.

EuthanizeEmporia.

Excellent observation! Also worthy to note: https://publichealth.lyoncounty.org/covid-19 lists only 4 Covid hospitalizations...that means there are 19 non-covid patients. Covid makes up less than a fifth of the total hospitalizations. Fear-mongering with numbers play!

Fremonster

I am continually amazed by the nitpickery about how this virus just isn't that bad, yet. I feel no need to catch up with the more seriously affected parts of the country. We know what happens when we "round the curve" too quickly. This has been a very expensive war we're waging here, just to keep it down to these levels. Not all of us are ready to Euthanize Emporia.

Rationa1

Nationally, the U.S. has lost more than 671,000 persons. It's the numerical equivalent of having already euthanized all of Lyon County. Then Sedgwick and Johnson Counties, and throwing in Franklin County for good measure. Or another way to look at it: we've killed off a number of people equal to Emporia's population...27 times.

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