Medina Memorial Hospital will add more beds

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 March 2020 at 3:29 pm

MEDINA – Orleans County’s only hospital will expand its capacity from 15 beds to 23, said Mark Cye, CEO of Medina Memorial Hospital.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed an executive order requiring hospitals in the state to increase bed capacity by at least 50 percent. The governor urged hospitals to have a goal of increasing capacity by 100 percent so they can handle an anticipated wave of cases with people suffering respiratory infections from the coronavirus.

Cye said the Medina hospital has also modified its CMR unit, which is no longer in use, but could provide additional beds if necessary.

“If we had a large influx we could accommodate 49 beds total,” Cye said.

Medina Memorial has staffing for 25 beds and will hire more staff if necessary, he said.

“We are being proactive and are in the process of reaching out for more staff in the event we need more,” Cye said. “We have also discontinued all out-patient services and are cross training our current staff to work in other direct care areas as needed.”

Medina Memorial also is working the state and local public health departments, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for guidance to protect the health and safety of patients and staff, Cye said.

“And we are continually taking measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus In our community and to ensure we are prepared to care for those who are sick or injured,” he said.

Governor Cuomo announced today that an additional 5,707 coronavirus cases in New York State, bringing the statewide total to 20,875.

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