PINEVILLE, NC — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has deployed a 16-person team from the National Disaster Medical System to Atrium Health Pineville to support staff during a surge in the hospital’s emergency department.
The medical team consists of a doctor, two advanced practice providers, four registered nurses and four paramedics.
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They will remain there until February 13.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of our state and federal governments, especially Governor Cooper, NCDHHS, and HHS, to share this team of healthcare professionals for our Atrium Health Pineville Emergency Department,” said Dr. James Hunter, senior vice president. and Chief Medical Officer of Atrium Health. “Our dedicated healthcare heroes at Atrium Health have worked very hard throughout the pandemic and, like many others across the country, are feeling the effects of this latest surge. Knowing that their work is recognized and complemented by this team to lend a hand is very meaningful to them.
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Last month, Atrium Health teamed up with Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to ask FEMA for help.
The statewide COVID-19 response is also receiving patient transfer support.
The 25 ambulances will arrive in North Carolina on Thursday and add to the 25 ambulances previously deployed to North Carolina on January 4.
Ambulances will be distributed in the following counties: Brunswick (2), Chatham (3), Cherokee (1), Durham (2), Forsyth (4), Franklin (1), Graham (1), Guilford (4), Haywood (1), Hertford (1), Lee, (1), Lenoir (1), Macon (1), Mecklenburg (7), Nash (3), New Hanover (2) Onslow (2), Pasquotank and Camden (1 ), Pender (1), Randolph (3), Rowan (2), Rutherford (1), Wake (4) and Wilson (1).
Ambulances also include staff for each.
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