Recently, West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice, and West Virginia National Guard, Major General Bill Crane, announced hundreds of guard soldiers would be deploying to hospitals across the state. Two of the hospitals receiving Guard members are WVU Medicine Braxton County Memorial Hospital (BCMH), and WVU Medicine Summersville Regional Medical Center (SRMC).
Like most West Virginia hospitals, including other WVU Medicine hospitals, BCMH and SRMC are facing staffing challenges. These challenges are largely due to COVID, but also because it is difficult to recruit and retain healthcare employees. When an illness such as COVID spreads throughout staff in . . .
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