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Plains Regional Medical Center prepared for additional COVID-19 patients

March 30, 2020 Press Release

Plains Regional Medical Center has prepared extensively to handle a potential surge of patients due to COVID-19. Our commitment to the community is to use every resource possible to meet the care needs of our friends, families and neighbors.

"At Plains Regional Medical Center, we have incredible staff and clinicians who are prepared to care for patients in need during this crisis," said Drew Dostal, hospital chief executive at Plains Regional Medical Center. "We are here for you. We also want to remind our community to practice social distancing and effective hand hygiene so that we can all stay as healthy as possible."

Planning for additional patients

  • At Plains Regional Medical Center and throughout the Presbyterian system, we are flexing some clinical positions to expand our critical care workforce. In addition, we have plans in place to repurpose procedure recovery areas and operating suites. We also have outdoor triage tents available if they become necessary.
  • Beyond those measures, in an even more emergent situation, we can work with other health systems to further expand ICU capacity through shared staffing and resources. We are working daily with other system leaders and the New Mexico Department of Health to coordinate.
  • It is important to note that the vast majority of patients with COVID-19 do not require ICU-level of care. In about 80 percent of cases, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 can recover at home and do not require hospitalizations. Only a small proportion of those requiring hospitalization will end up needing intensive care.

Screening and testing

  • Plains Regional Medical Center can collect specimens for COVID-19 testing, which are then sent to TriCore Laboratories for testing. It is important to remember that patients must be screened before being tested. To have symptoms screened for a COVID-19 test, community members can visit for a free video visit or online visit or contact the state Coronavirus Hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

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