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National Guard Lifting Spirits at Baptist Health Deaconess

A 12-person platoon of National Guardsmen spent the last two weeks at a hospital in Paducah, and just a few days ago, they arrived at Baptist Health Deaconess to lend a hand.

Posted: Oct 6, 2021 4:46 PM

A 12-person platoon of National Guardsmen spent the last two weeks at a hospital in Paducah, and just a few days ago, they arrived at Baptist Health Deaconess to lend a hand.

The National Guard arrived at the hospital on Monday as the county continues to see a surge in COVID-19 cases. Hopkins County has seen more than 400 cases reported over the last two weeks, and their arrival helped lift up frontline healthcare workers inside the hospital.

“There assistance has been felt throughout the organization and those different areas," said Ryan Burke of aptist Deaconess Health. "It does kind of uplift the team and show that we’re all in this together since we have people all over Kentucky coming to Madisonville to help support and care for our community.”

The National Guardsmen have been deployed to six units of the hospital and are helping to work behind the scenes to make life easier for those frontline health care workers.

Burke reported that many of guardsman are actually from the Madisonville area and are happy to be back to support their home turf.

And for now, the platoon is expected to leave at the end of next week, but if the hospital feels like they need them for another two weeks, they can request them to stay.

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