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Marshfield Clinic Health System welcomes Department of Defense support in COVID-19 staffing

​Dec. 9, 2020

MARSHFIELD – Approximately 50 U.S. Army medical personnel, part of a Department of Defense COVID-19 operation, will be assisting healthcare providers at four Marshfield Clinic Health System hospitals this week in Marshfield, Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Beaver Dam. The medical personnel include nurses and medical technicians.

U.S. Army North (ARNORTH), the Joint Force Land Component Command of U.S Northern Command, will oversee the military operation in support of Federal efforts and the state. The medical personnel are the result of a Federal Emergency Management Agency request.

"We are deeply grateful for the support of the Department of Defense as we continue to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin," said Dr. Susan Turney, Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO. "Because of the prolonged and intense nature of this crisis, many hospitals have been near full capacity and medical staff is exhausted. Throughout the pandemic, we've seen the importance of partnerships in meeting this momentous challenge. We look forward to partnering with military medical personnel to provide the care our patients need."

The number of COVID-19 patients at Marshfield Clinic Health System's ten hospitals has decreased the past two weeks, slightly alleviating staffing challenges for the short term. However, the Health System is starting to see an increase in patients over the past two days and anticipates it will continue to increase, which could be attributed to people gathering during Thanksgiving and a greater number of people going out in public without masks.

The military medical personnel, part of two Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces, will come from several locations. One UAMTF is from the 531st Hospital Center, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, while the other is from U.S. Army Medical Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio.


 Media Relations

John Gardner
Marshfield Clinic Health System Director of Communications
715 221-8659
gardner.john@marshfieldclinic.org

Jeff Starck
Media Relations Specialist - Marshfield, Wausau/Weston
715 389-4978
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Amber Weldon
Regional Marketing and Public Relations Specialist - Minocqua, Park Falls
715 358-1320
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Matt Schneider
Regional Communications Manager - Eau Claire
715 858-4427
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Christy Moravitz
Communications Specialist - Rice Lake
715 236-6409
moravitz.christy@lakeviewmedical.org

Dan Baulch
Media Communications Specialist - Beaver Dam
920 887-4152
dbaulch@bdch.org

Candy Marg
Community Relations Manager - Neillsville
715 743-8423
marg.candace@marshfieldclinic.org

Becca Baader
Communications Specialist - Ladysmith
715-532-1284
baader.rebecca@marshfieldclinic.org