A RURAL COVID SNAPSHOT: MARENGO COUNTY’S BRYAN W. WHITFIELD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Rural hospitals around the country have felt extreme impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are happy to report that many in our coverage area are doing just fine.
This is great news coming out of West Alabama from Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital.
Whitfield Memorial is located in Marengo County in the city of Demopolis. But the hospital is directly connected to and operated by UAB Hospital.
Whitfield Memorial CEO Doug Brewer said his staff has been able to treat most of their coronavirus patients in-house, but several patients with severe cases have been transported to UAB for additional resources and care. Brewer told WVUA 23 as of now, Whitfield is stocked with plenty of personal protective equipment and ventilators for the number of positive patients they are treating now.
“We have been working closely with a lot of the nursing homes in the area and have been really trying to help them as they have had COVID-19 outbreaks,” Brewer said. “We have been able to accept many of their patients. I think we have 15 or so positive COVID-19 patients in-house, and I think eight or nine of those came from nursing homes to us. We can watch them closely and make sure their needs are met. We have come together we are kind of learning how to operate during this new world if you will.”
Five Whitfield Memorial nurses have tested positive for COVID-19. One of those nurses has already recovered and is back at work. The others are just now testing negative or are recovering at home.
Brewer said Whitfield Memorial has tested around 400 people. Of those, they’ve had 60 positive cases and one coronavirus-related death from their hospital.