NC National Guard Concludes Service to Alamance Regional
National Guard members provided thousands of hours of service to the hospital.
Burlington – Members of the North Carolina National Guard will complete their final shifts at Alamance Regional Medical Center on Friday after providing 22 days of service to the hospital.
The guard members conclude their deployment, having provided 3,600 hours of assistance to Alamance Regional staff.
“It's been heart-warming,” said Dr. David Jordan, chief medical officer, Alamance Regional. “The National Guard coming in and helping us in our day-to-day work has just been wonderful. They have been willing to tackle any and every task that they’ve been trained to do.”
Guard members supported hospital staff in several basic clinical and administrative duties, including vital-sign checks, meal delivery, environmental services work, and more.
“All of us are very humbled to see how hard the health care workers are just having to work,” said Maj. Kyle Dietrich, team lead for the National Guard unit at Alamance Regional. “This has been a very rewarding experience to not only assist at the height of the pandemic but also invest in our community.”
More than 25 guard members arrived at Alamance Regional on Feb. 10 to assist staff as the Omicron variant strained the hospital. In January, Cone Health applied to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for help. State partners granted the request, determining Alamance Regional showed a need for assistance as the only hospital in a county with a disproportionately high number of COVID-19 cases.
Alamance Regional staff showed their appreciation in the days leading up to the National Guard’s departure. Alamance Regional President Mark Gordon and Alamance Regional Advisory Board Chairman F.D. Hornaday recognized guard members before the Board on March 1. Each guard member also received a letter and certificate of appreciation for their work.
“Having someone come in and stay as long as they did really gives you a sense of relief,” Jordan said. “Our staff has appreciated this more than words can say.”