Colleagues and community members,
As I reflect on this past year at Humboldt General Hospital, it is interesting to look back on how we dealt with the challenges of the pandemic. A thorough retrospect is undoubtedly warranted. There were times I seriously believed we would be in and out of virus surges for the foreseeable future. The hospital's ability to adapt to deliver care in new ways is very evident. Providing appointments through telehealth, an outdoor COVID-19 screening clinic, and flexing staff to fit demand were a few of the new variable actions that came to reality. Our ability to adapt quickly was never more critical. The ability of our Long Term Care Unit to remain COVID-19-free for quite a long period of time is a testament to the dedication of our caregivers, ancillary staff, and infection control. The daily state and federal reporting requirements added to the burdens during some very trying times at HGH.
When the vaccines became available, we took the lead to get as many people as possible vaccinated in our community. Thanks again to our staff, we provided the vaccines in a very orderly and safe manner. From March 10 to June 9, we held 14 vaccine clinics and administered nearly 900 doses. The resources required to provide this community service were many. Still, we never wavered in our duty and responsibility to the community.
All these points demonstrate HGH's value proposition to Northern Nevada residents and our sense of loyalty. All the lessons learned during this past tumultuous year will go a very long way in allowing us to become that oasis of quality healthcare in this region and begin HGH's quest to provide complex care close to home.
Tim L. Powers, CPA
Chief Executive Officer
Humboldt General Hospital