GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — The U.S. Navy team supporting Bellin Memorial Hospital will stay an additional 30 days, Bellin Health confirmed Wednesday.
Bellin Health said the extension comes after the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently accepted Bellin’s application for an extension of its service. The team is now scheduled to depart at the end of February.
Bellin says the 23-person team from the Navy arrived Dec. 28 to assist to help respond to high hospital volumes due to COVID-19.
“The Navy’s assistance during this incredibly busy time has been invaluable, and their support remains critical as we continue to navigate the current COVID-19 surge,” said Bellin Health Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President Laura Hieb. “These highly skilled professionals quickly became valued members of our Bellin team, and we are so grateful for their service to our hospital and region.”
According to Bellin, the Navy team includes physicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists and administrative staff. Since their arrival, Bellin says the team has been "tremendously helpful" with patient throughput and has allowed Bellin to open up newly constructed space to house non-COVID patients.