William Beaumont Army Medical Center | Photo courtesy Ft. Bliss
On Saturday, Governor Greg Abbott held a call with Dr. Robert Kadlec, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), to discuss hospital capacity needs in the City of El Paso.
Saturday afternoon Governor Abbott released information regarding the call, which can be found in it’s entirety below:
The Governor and Dr. Kadlec discussed the need to expand hospital capacity in El Paso given the recent surge in positive cases and hospitalizations in the area. Governor Abbott asked Dr. Kadlec to authorize the use of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center on Fort Bliss to house non-COVID patients to free up beds in El Paso-area hospitals for COVID patients.
The Governor also detailed the additional steps the State of Texas is taking to contain the spread and expand hospital capacity in the region.
The Governor concluded the call by thanking Dr. Kadlec for his leadership and guidance.
Earlier in the week, Governor Abbott announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) are surging additional medical personnel and equipment to the El Paso region to assist with the community’s COVID-19 response.
As part of that response, DSHS is deploying over 460 medical personnel to the region this week, and the agencies are sending a Texas Emergency Medical Task Force ambulance bus, medical incident support team, five ambulances, and mobile medical unit to assist first responders.
DSHS is also deploying 48 patient monitors, 25 medical beds, and 30 oxygen concentrators to support area hospitals.