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Published on February 10, 2022

National Guard Arrives at Alamance Regional

The guard members will serve the hospital from Feb. 10 to March 4.

Burlington, N.C. – More than two dozen members of the North Carolina National Guard have answered the call to assist the staff at Alamance Regional Medical Center, as they continue to battle the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Guard members began arriving before the crack of dawn Thursday morning. Their assignments began with onboarding, training sessions and tours of the facility they will serve through Friday, March 4. Their presence at the hospital will bring much-needed relief to the frontline workers at Alamance Regional.

The National Guard will assist in several basic clinical and administrative duties, including: 

  • Vital sign checks
  • EKG procedures 
  • Data entry 
  • COVID-19 testing 
  • Environmental Services support
  • Patient check-ins
  • Meal delivery 
  • Transportation 

Cone Health submitted a staffing application to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in January. State partners determined that Alamance Regional showed a need for assistance as the only hospital in a county with a disproportionately high number of COVID-19 cases. 

For Mark Gordon, president of Alamance Regional, the sight of National Guard members walking the halls of the hospital has been more than welcome.

“It is inspiring to me that these individuals have left their employment, they’ve left their jobs, they’ve left their families,” he said. “It’s inspiring to see them here and to know the sacrifice that they’re giving up and what they’re doing in order to serve us, and so we really appreciate that.”

This is also a meaningful opportunity for guard members, who train for a variety of emergencies and step in when their communities need them.

“The soldiers have expressed how excited they are for this opportunity,” said Maj. Kyle Dietrich, team lead of the National Guard unit at Alamance Regional. “This is just a new opportunity for us to get in and help out our local community, especially in the health field.”