Stuenkel: Floyd seeing some ‘leveling off’ of coronavirus patients but ready for any surge as enclosed parking deck now offers 100 beds; modular unit on the way.

Stuenkel: Floyd seeing some ‘leveling off’ of coronavirus patients but ready for any surge as enclosed parking deck now offers 100 beds; modular unit on the way.


 

Notes from Floyd’s president and chief executive officer Kurt Stuenkel’s interview on Facebook Live with Dan Bevels of the hospital’s public relations staff: The weekly interview addressed where the medical center is at in terms of coronavirus-related cases, the temporary space being added in case of a surge and the resumption of surgery.

Kurt Stuenkel of Floyd Medical Center.

Stuenkel says as for coronavirus patients, admissions are “leveling off.” On average, Floyd is treat 10 to 15 patients a day, including those who have tested positive for the virus or else have been tested and are awaiting results.

That hasn’t stopped work on temporary units on the campus, he says. The 100-bed unit built in the first floor of the parking deck adjacent to the 330 Physicians Building is completed and ready for use if needed, he says. A modular 20-bed unit, off the main parking lot at Floyd, will see main construction begin this weekend courtesy of Georgia Emergency Management and should be ready around May 7, he says.

While Northwest Georgia has not seen a recent surge, Stuenkel  pointed to Gainesville in Northeast Georgia where workers at a poultry processing plant have become infected. That area,  he says, is treating 10 times the patients we’re seeing at Floyd.

He also talked about what he called a tough decision by Gov. Brian Kemp to reopen some businesses around the state. The economic implications have been severe,  he says, and those also will begin to show up on the medical level with heart attacks, attempted suicides and other concerns.

Floyd also is resuming non-emergency surgeries as are healthcare centers around the state. Stuenkel stressed that Floyd is safe for noncoronavirus patients, adding that those individuals are being cared for in special negative pressure rooms. The lack of such surgeries continues to create some financial strains on all of healthcare, he says, but Floyd has the reserves it needs to get through it.

The entire interview is available by clicking the Facebook Live post atop this story.

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