Baylor Scott & White and CHI St. Joseph say they’re stable when it comes to bed capacity

Hospital presidents address topics during Chamber Chat.
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 6:20 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - On Tuesday, the presidents of Baylor Scott & White and CHI. St. Joseph joined Chamber Chats and addressed how COVID-19 is affecting their operations. Both hospitals say they have seen an increase in capacity, but are in stable positions.

Jason Jennings, the regional president for Baylor Scott & White, says they have 24 positive COVID cases hospitalized in College Station and six in Brenham. He says they’ve also seen an increase in patients being hospitalized for other illnesses.

In the month of July Jennings says they’re licensed for 142 beds, but 30 of them are NICU beds and for moms who just had a baby. Typically this month Baylor Scott & White is at 55-70% capacity, today they’re at 80-85% capacity.

“The COVID patients are there as I mentioned so are sick patients, but we are still able to do all elective procedures, cases surgeries we monitor that on a day to day basis and make sure we’re ready for the next patient,” said Jennings.

Both hospitals says they have not had to start their surge plans. CHI St. Joseph says capacity wise they are busy but stable.

“As Jason mentioned there’s not a shortage of beds it’s really about being able to have enough staff to take care of the number of patients in the community as that escalates,” said Theron Park, the president of CHI St. Joseph Health.

Park added the hospital continues to be stable financially.

Jennings and Park also addressed the question of why everyone can’t go the hospital to get a test. They said there is a limited number of tests for the health care system and they need to prioritize patients that are receiving care as well as health care workers.

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