NewsLocal NewsFlathead County


KRMC helps Marias Medical during COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 4:03 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 23:17:10-04

KALISPELL — Kalispell Regional Medical Center is providing crucial support to hospitals around the state during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

KRMC Director of Outreach Services Traci Waugh told MTN News that Marias Medical Center in Toole County was severely lacking supplies to fight the coronavirus.

Kalispell Regional Medical Center has a long-standing relationship with the Marias Medical Center and Waugh explained that they wanted to help.

The hospital was even lacking some of the basic necessities. "They were completely out of hand sanitizer," said Waugh. "So, we were able to provide hand sanitizer to them."

Waugh said that the Marias Medical Center didn't have enough staff to cover patients coming in with virus symptoms. Other areas like the hospital and assisted living facility were affected by this shortage.

"They were having issues with staff to take care of the patients that they had, in their hospital and in their assisted living," she said. "So, we were able to provide some nurses to go over there and help."

Waugh said Kalispell Regional Medical Center provided cleaning staff to sanitize affected areas.

"We also deployed a team from our environmental services team to go over and do a deep clean of the hospital," she said.

Waugh explained that the hospital is also working with other counties like Glacier and Pondera providing extra support.

Waugh says Kalispell Regional Healthcare will continue providing support to other counties as long as they need to.