As the pandemic continues in Arizona, case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths remain high, and hospitals throughout the state are still strained.      According to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), over 3,000 new cases and 51 new deaths were reported Friday alone, contributing to a total of 3,346 total COVID-19-related deaths and 17,516 … Read more

Nikki May, BSN, is a registered nurse in the ICU at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. In this conversation, May discusses her experiences as a nurse in a strained and understaffed ICU unit, and shares what she and her colleagues in the ICU want lawmakers to know.      SM: What have the … Read more

COVID-19 is pushing against hospitals’ capacity limits as the Delta variant continues to spread and drive up case numbers. According to the latest data from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), there are just 20 unoccupied adult ICU beds left in Alaska.      Just yesterday, there were 601 new COVID cases … Read more

Terra Palomarez is the chief nursing officer at Astria Toppenish Hospital, a rural medical center located in Toppenish, WA. Amber Hunsaker is the chief nursing officer at Astria Sunnyside Hospital, Astria’s second rural hospital located in Sunnyside, WA. In this Q&A, both Palomarez and Hunsaker update State of Reform on the challenges rural hospitals are … Read more

Hospitals throughout Washington State are seeing an uptick in new COVID-19 patients as the Delta variant continues to spread. With this increase comes an increase in ICU bed shortages.      Data from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) shows that COVID-19 patients make up 25.6% of ICU beds among hospitals statewide. From July … Read more