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Up to 1,200 Oregon National Guard deployed for hospital relief, 41 due in C. Oregon

Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. David Seymour, temporary hospital relief mission Regional Non-Commission Officer in Charge, from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 116 Cavalry Brigade, informs Soldiers of mission requirements Wednesday at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem
Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs
Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. David Seymour, temporary hospital relief mission Regional Non-Commission Officer in Charge, from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 116 Cavalry Brigade, informs Soldiers of mission requirements Wednesday at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- With the surge of COVID-19 cases, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has ordered an increase of National Guard service members for their second hospital relief mission, with up to 1,200 citizen-soldiers and airmen mobilized Wednesday, more than 40 of whom will be working at three Central Oregon hospitals.

This new activation of the Oregon National Guard is an increased from 500 to over 1,200 service members in 40 hospitals across the state. National Guard members will provide much-needed support for understaffed hospitals during this deployment, which will begin no later than Tuesday, Jan. 18. 

St. Charles Public Information Officer Lisa Goodman said 31 of the Guard members will be stationed at St. Charles Bend, five in Prineville and five in Redmond. They expect them to arrive Saturday, though that had not been confirmed by the Oregon Health Authority, she said.

The soldiers and airmen will serve in non-clinical support roles as material handlers, equipment runners, in addition to COVID testing support, laundry, custodial services, ensure hospital operations and other services in support of healthcare systems. The mission's planning is ongoing, with Guard members placed on orders and assigned to hospitals.

This activation follows a prior deployment of over 1,500 Oregon National Guardsmen that provided the same non-clinical support rolls in Oregon hospitals that began last August and ended in December. 

The Oregon National Guard comprises over 8,000 citizen-soldiers and airmen, dedicated to serving the communities they live in and maintaining the ability to serve the nation in times of war.

The organization has the motto "Always Ready, Always There" and is the largest part-time employer in the state. Its members, on average, serve one weekend a month with an additional two-week period a year while maintaining civilian employment.  

The governor's office shared this list of hospitals due to receive Guard members but indicated it could shift in coming days:

ADVENTIST - PORTLAND
ADVENTIST - TILLAMOOK
ASANTE - ASHLAND
ASANTE - GRANTS PASS
ASANTE- MEDFORD
BLUE MOUNTAIN - JOHN DAY
COLUMBIA MEMORIAL - ASTORIA
CURRY GENERAL - GOLD BEACH
GRANDE RONDE - LA GRANDE
KAISER HEALTH - HILLSBORO
KAISER HEALTH - SUNNYSIDE (CLACKAMAS)
LEGACY HEALTH - EMANUEL
LEGACY HEALTH - GOOD SAM
LEGACY HEALTH - MERIDIAN PARK (TUALATIN)
LEGACY HEALTH - MT HOOD (GRESHAM)
LEGACY MED GROUP - BEAVERTON
LEGACY MED GROUP - PORTLAND
LEGACY MED GROUP - ST. HELENS
LEGACY MED GROUP - SYSTEM OFFICE
LEGACY MED GROUP - TUALATIN
LEGACY MED GROUP - WOODBURN
LEGACY MED GROUP -GRESHAM/CLACKAMAS
MCKENZIE WILL - SPRINGFIELD
MERCY - ROSEBURG
OHSU - PORTLAND
OHSU - TUALITY (HILLSBORO)
PEACE HEALTH - COTTAGE GROVE
PEACE HEALTH - PHMC (FLORENCE)
PEACE HEALTH - RIVERBEND (SPRINGFIELD)
PEACE HEALTH - UNIVERSITY DIST (EUGENE)
PROVIDENCE - MEDFORD
PROVIDENCE - MILWAUKIE
PROVIDENCE - NEWBERG
PROVIDENCE - PORTLAND
PROVIDENCE - SEASIDE
PROVIDENCE - ST. VINCENT
PROVIDENCE - WILLAMETTE FALLS (OREGON CITY)
SALEM HEALTH - SALEM
SKY LAKES - KLAMATH
ST. ALPHONSUS - BAKER CITY
ST. ALPHONSUS - ONTARIO
ST. CHARLES - BEND
ST. CHARLES - MADRAS
ST. CHARLES - PRINEVILLE
ST. CHARLES - REDMOND
STATE HOSPITAL - SALEM
WALLOWA MEMORIAL - ENTERPRISE
SALEM HEALTH - DALLAS
CURRY MEDICAL CENTER- BROOKINGS
COLUMBIA MEMORIAL - WARRENTON
Good Shepherd - Hermiston
Pioneer Memorial
ODHS

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  1. All well and good and GOV Brown is swift to photo-op with our Guard soldiers and airmen…but apparently incapable / unwilling to take better care of them before, during, and after deployment whether overseas or here at home.

    “According to data released Thursday, there were 580 suicides last year compared with 504 the prior year. Of those, the number of suicides by Army National Guard troops jumped by about 35%, from 76 in 2019 to 103 last year…”.

    “In Oregon, suicide is the leading cause of death among veterans who are younger than age 45; for veterans ages 18 to 24, the rate is an astronomical 129.7 suicides out of every 100,000 veterans, according to Suicide Among Oregon Veterans – 2014 (PDF | 571 KB). The report, published by the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division, also showed that in all age groups, veterans outnumber non-veterans in rates of suicide, with the exception of ages 65 to 74, where the rates are identical, at 33.2 out of 100,000, and at ages 85 and older.”

    And let us not forget how she treats Medal of Honor recipients who have attempted to visit / support far better behavioral health care and treatment for our Guard members.

    “On June 8, Governor Kate Brown snubbed Master Sergeant Leroy Petry as he stood waiting – at her invitation – outside of her office in Salem.”

    https://nuggetnews.com/Content/Opinions/Opinions/Article/Dying-in-committee-Playing-politics-with-veterans-lives/18/18/26128

    1. Spot on CardiacSpike. Not to disparage our guard troops of course, but this is the epitome of putting the metaphorical band aid on a bullet hole. 1200 troops statewide, limited if any medical experience, more a liability than help. I’m not just gonna complain here: how bout turning around this stupid policy of kicking career professionals to the curb, hire back those that will forgive the hospitals and start actually serving the community? I know I’ll hear all the talking heads here say Our contribution isn’t missed, others will fill our spot, we were the problem, we deserved to be fired… and on. How’s that working for Oregon? Brown numbers could hardly be worse, and still she maintains this draconian, tone deaf stance. Meanwhile other hospitals in the state are trying to save face and keep staff working, even with COVID! https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/oregon-hospitals-covid-return-to-work/283-7850c8ed-c42c-49dc-b073-27391311f6cb you can’t make this kind of stupidity up. What really stands a threat to public health isn’t COVID it’s ignorance.

      1. Overlooked is this.

        Brown is not “activating” the medical personnel in the Guard.

        Doctors, nurses, behavioral health professionals, and combat medics.

        Only those Guard members who the hospitals can/will use for “ash and trash” details…low wage tasks that are necessary but often poorly treated and replaced like worn-out flashlight batteries.

        Looks good. Sounds good. But in the long run it resolves little.

        1. I’m sure that the patient’s will appreciate the shorter wait times for food. As well as the nurses who have to wait for patient’s to eat before they can give certain medications. Rooms will be cleaned quicker as well, so patients can be admitted and treated quicker. Bathrooms will be cleaned and toilet paper will not run out, freeing up medical personnel to go back to work instead of hunting down something to wipe themselves. Trashes will be emptied, not overflowing. Supplies available. Medical personnel can be freed up from non-medical but essential tasks. The hospital staff definitely felt it when the NG personnel left before. It is good that NG medical personnel were not activated, so that they can stay at their civilian jobs and continue to work during these challenging times. Moving a nurse from their civilian job to another location under military orders just doesn’t make sense.

          1. Patients and nurses would probably appreciate a lot of things right now. Like more medical professionals at work, not angry and exhausted, surgeries not being canceled, not having to make decisions of livelihood based on an asinine mandate…. I bet the patients who are concerned about covid would even like to know when the caregivers are covid symptomatic but on the job anyway to save face for the hospitals. Bet caregivers who were let go would appreciate knowing why this is ok. Bet caregivers still on the job even wonder why this is ok. But yeah a modicum of janitorial help is probably a good start.

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