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Southwest Florida Hospitals Hiring to Handle Uptick in COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Fort Myers News-Press (07/14/20) Freeman, Liz
To handle the recent uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations and avoid operating at full capacity, Southwest Florida hospitals are bolstering their staffing. The 1,812-bed Lee Health system, which has four campuses throughout Lee County, normally operates with 1,000 beds during the summer months. The pandemic has meant keeping 1,300 beds operational, reports Dr. Larry Antonucci, CEO of the publicly-operated system. In addition, Lee Health is bringing back some of its seasonal workforce earlier than normal. If need be, Antonucci states, the workforce can be beefed up to staff 1,500 beds. Meanwhile, the NCH Healthcare System in Collier County has 715 beds and has also seen its hospitalizations climb. NCH is hiring and has received more than 100 applications, on top of 30 normal seasonal employees coming back earlier than normal. According to Amanda Lucey, an NCH spokeswoman, the plan is to open units that normally are closed in summer.
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