Covid-19

UVM Health Network limits surgery to “most urgent,” commits to more ICU beds

by Guy Page

In response to staffing and other challenges, the UVM Medical Center (UVMMC) is “limiting surgical procedures to those with the most urgent clinical need,” President and CEO Dr. John Brumstead said in a letter yesterday to UVMMC employees.

UVMMC and Central Vermont Medical Center also will increase ICU and Covid-19 bed capacity, Brumstead said. He cites the following reasons for these “temporary measures”:

  1. Increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations
  2. High patient census with high acuity – i.e. more and sicker patients than usual
  3. Limited bed capacity
  4. Staffing challenges
  5. Unknown impact of Omicron variant of Covid-19

A press release covering the same topic was published yesterday. The letter was forwarded to Vermont Daily Chronicle by a UVMMC employee. With minor excerpts, it appears below.

“We are increasing intensive-care and COVID-19 bed capacity at UVM Medical Center and Central Vermont Medical Center; we are limiting surgical procedures to those with the most urgent clinical need at UVMMC; and we are evaluating the impact of new elective-procedure guidance in New York State on our facilities there.

John Brumstead

“These are difficult decisions to make and to hear, as there will be impacts for our patients and for our providers and staff, some of whom will be redeployed to support new bed capacity. But these temporary measures are necessary to maintain access to emergency and acute care for our communities in Vermont and Northern New York, and to be ready if conditions change further. In addition to the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we continue to see high patient census with high acuity; limited bed capacity; and staffing challenges. Additionally, the impact of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 is unclear at this point. We are not alone: Hospitals across the country are dealing with these same issues, and having to take similar measures.

“This may feel similar to the steps we took early in the pandemic, but it’s important to remember that this is not the same situation. We know a lot more about COVID-19, in terms of testing, treatment and slowing the spread. Widespread vaccination also has blunted the impact of this illness. These continue to be difficult and intensely challenging times, but we have the knowledge and the resources to respond swiftly and effectively.

“I know there will be a lot of questions based on today’s announcements, and we don’t have all the answers at this moment. Those who are impacted will be hearing more from your leadership in the coming days and weeks. Thank you for everything you do: By working together, both within our health system and with partners outside our organization, we’ll get through this – together.”

John R. Brumsted, MD
President and CEO, The University of Vermont Health Network

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8 replies »

  1. Yesterday’s Federal Court ruling out of Louisiana blocking biden’s vax mandate for health care workers gives Mr. Brumstead and the UVMMC some relief. There will no doubt be people that recoil at the idea of “unvaxxed” staff, but remind them these folks did their jobs everyday before there was a “vaccine”. Scott had already opened up state funds to pay for “travelers” to staff ICU beds, so unless balint, krowinski and Rep. Dr. George Till continue ranting about the sky falling, this is not an issue.
    Brumstead needs to staff his hospital- and if he needs more beds, Scott is attending to that as well. Scott and Judge Matthew Schlep have given him the tools to insure hospital capacity is not an issue.

  2. If Mr. Bumstead knows so much more about Covid, then he would know the cumulative data is showing that “Vaccines” are creating the mutations and that there are monoclonal treatments that have been applied with great success without having people subjecting themselves to a round of cardio Russian-roulette with myocarditis and pericarditis…But I guess the medical community thinks we’re all blind in one eye and can’t see out the other…Most have sold their souls…Bumstead is no different…When people like him finally wake up and realize that we can’t be conned anymore with this plandemic, it will be a day late and a dollar short for any future public trust..

  3. When is anyone going to look at why all cause mortality in VT has climbed since last year? When is anyone going to look at why there are so many patients with heart attacks, strokes etc??

  4. Gee, is the staffing issue because of their mandate to employees that they need to be “vaccinated” with the shot or else lose their livelihood?? No of course not! Sheer lunacy all around.

  5. I would never ever go to UVM medical center even if they paid me, Dartmouth is a thousand times better hospital, and they are not treating their staff who worked throughout this plandemic like lepers.

    • Are you saying Dartmouth ISN’T firing unvaxxed employees? I highly doubt that. I’m sure they were no different then all the hospitals in firing the unvaxxed

  6. I do not believe the vaccine has blunted anything. I know more people who caught it who had the booster than unvaccinated. I wonder could the vaccine be making people sicker? Unfortunately we will never know because the CDC &NIH will not do the studies. Why is the medical community killing people by not instituting therapeutics early on that work?

  7. The data is very clear that severe disease is decreased with the vaccinations. The vast majority of our ICU admissions are the unvaccinated according to the State Health Department (like 80%). The medical community IS using therapeutics early, but some people are exercising their rights to decline taking those medications too just as they are declining to take medications that decrease the rates of severe disease.

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