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Great Plains Health provides Covid-19 updates

Top officials from the hospital spoke at a press conference this afternoon
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 6:55 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in our community, Great Plains Health held a press conference today, providing updates for the community.

“I think the important thing for us as an organization is to ensure our public that the care that we are giving is safe. Yes we are being stretched, but we are also giving safe, good quality care,” said Great Plains CEO Mel McNea.

The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer later reflected on how our community has handled Covid-19 to this point.

“The reason this hospital is being successful in managing this pandemic is really because of the compassion and that spirit that [is] a part of North Platte,” added Mcnea.

Chief Nursing Officer Tina Pate provided some insight into how the shortage of nurses has affected her staff.

“A typical nurse or respiratory therapist would work three 12 hour shifts a week, we have [staff] now working four, sometimes five shifts a week,” said Pate.

Pate went on to reference the physical and emotional toll that the pandemic has inflicted on healthcare workers.

“It’s physically exhausting, it’s emotionally exhausting...[We] become the family to that patient, the caretaker for that patient, and the support person for that patient. [That] takes a toll not only physically, but emotionally as well,” added Pate.

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