Exterior photo of Mercy Hospital Springfield, south facing patient tower, with new Mercy sign.

Mercy Makes Preparations for more COVID-19 Patients

Sydney Moran, Ivie Macy, KOLR

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Craig McCoy, the president of Mercy Springfield Communities, explained the hospital’s plans to care for the influx of COVID-19 and other emergent patients.

Mercy Hospitals is using facilities all over Missouri to treat its patients in critical need of care. The healthcare system is still working with CoxHealth to make sure everyone gets the help they need.

Mercy said nursing staff is tight, and Cox is feeling this too. During the last COVID-19 surge, CoxHealth employees were joined by hundreds of traveling nurses and respiratory therapists who were dedicated to caring for COVID-19 patients.

As KOLR-10 reports, since traveling nurses are not needed, Cox only has a small number of people available to help. Mercy said it has agency staffing where it can call on nurses from other markets.

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