FEMA Approves Medical Response Team to Assist Summa Health in Akron
“We are thrilled to hear from FEMA that we will be receiving resources for the Summa Health System,” said ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff.
AKRON, Ohio – More help is on the way to northeast Ohio as the current wave of COVID infections continues to impact hospitals.
FEMA – the Federal Emergency Management Agency – has approved a medical response team to help provide support to Summa Hospital in Akron.
This update came Thursday morning from Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff during his latest COVID press conference.
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“At this time, we are still awaiting details regarding the composition of this team,” Dr. Vanderhoff said.
When Sara Shookman of 3News asked for additional details, Dr. Vanderhoff made the following statement: “As I noted, we really don’t have any details. We are excited to hear from FEMA that we will be receiving resources for the Summa Health System, but we really don’t have any additional details at this time.
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We streamed Dr. Vanderhoff’s entire press conference, which you can watch in full below:
The Cleveland Clinic, meanwhile, recently hosted 20 U.S. Air Force medical professionals who were dispatched to provide assistance amid the COVID outbreak. These team members are currently in orientation and are expected to begin their work on the clinical floors later this week, according to Alice Kim, MD, medical director of medical operations at the Cleveland Clinic.
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