According to a report from ABC4, nurses from New York City have arrived in Utah to assist the state’s medical practitioners who are being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. The team of nurses will be working in Utah for two weeks.
Utah is experiencing a surge similar to that of New York City eight months ago, when Intermountain Healthcare sent nurses to help New York hospitals with its own surge in coronavirus hospitalizations. Thus, a partnership created with New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Now, New York Presbyterian is returning the favor.
New York Presbyterian nurse Wen Xiao said that she decided to arrive in Utah because she wanted to “pay it forward” to the state’s frontline workers. Xiao and 30 other registered nurses form a COVID-19 response task force were sent to help Intermountain’s intensive care units (ICUs), emergency departments, and medical/surgical units.
These units are overworked as hospitals and statewide are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Intermountain says that, by hiring nearly 200 traveling nurses and adding ICU and medical/surgical beds, this should help reduce stress among its medical personnel.