Bronson Healthcare elevates surge status as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise

Bronson Methodist Hospital - Kalamazoo
Posted at 12:27 PM, Nov 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-23 17:13:51-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Bronson Healthcare is elevating its surge status as daily COVID-19 hospitalizations at its hospitals rise to levels last seen at the height of the pandemic in 2020.

Bronson Healthcare says its elevating its level yellow surge status to level orange surge status at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, and Bronson LakeView Hospital.

According to Bronson Healthcare, level orange status means that its healthcare facilities are consistently at capacity and resources are limited. The elevated status allows Bronson to have a plan in place to limit critical services, alter hours of services or redirect staff as needed.

“We are currently seeing increasing admissions with unvaccinated, younger and normally healthy patients needing care for COVID-19 alongside older individuals with preexisting conditions who are experiencing breakthrough infection,” states Denise Neely, senior vice president and chief operations officer Bronson Methodist Hospital and chief nursing officer at Bronson Healthcare.

“Combine that increase with individuals seeking care for non-Covid related health issues and we find ourselves with a healthcare system that is increasingly under pressure. Moreover, it’s not just Bronson. We’re seeing this strain on hospital capacity across our region, the state, and the nation.”

Here's what a level orange surge status means:

  • Pandemic-related and urgent/emergent care will be prioritized. Non-urgent care may be rescheduled or delayed.
  • The amount of documentation typically required by our bedside staff has been reduced.
  • Nurse to patient ratios have been adjusted, meaning staff members may be assigned to care for more patients than our normal standard.
  • Services and times at outpatient clinics and practices remain unchanged, however, hours may be limited in the future, if necessary, due to staffing or supply constraints.
  • Visitation policies remain unchanged, but are subject to change as needed.
  • Emergency departments remain open 24/7 to serve all emergent health care needs.