Atkins also is the associate administrator of Patient Care Services and nursing director of Oncology, Solid Organ Transplant, Orthopaedic and Otolarynology units and Apheresis. “I make comments at our morning meetings and ask for any suggestions or thoughts. When I pause, it’s just crickets. We are just spent,” said Julie Atkins, RN, director of the assistant directors of nursing and the Resource Management Office. “That changed on Friday just as soon as we knew you were coming. At least, we knew you were coming here to help. We are super, super grateful. We would hug you all if we could hug.” UAMS Medical Center CEO, Steppe Mette, M.D., Sept. 13 formally welcomed the Army medical team to UAMS at the start of a news conference. Mette is also senior vice chancellor of UAMS Health.
Sept. 13, 2021 | Each speaker who spoke Sept. 9 to the Army personnel in the Lobby Gallery at UAMS chose different words to deliver the same message: We need you, and we are so very glad you’re here. The Army medical team Sept. 10 follows a UAMS guide through the lobby of the UAMS Medical Center.Image by Bryan Clifton
Including nurses, respiratory therapists and physicians, the 20-person Army medical team arrived Thursday on the main campus for orientation. Starting Saturday, Sept. 11, and for 30 days, they will work in the UAMS Medical Center treating UAMS hospitalized patients. Image by Bryan Clifton
Army medical teams were deployed earlier to hospitals in Louisiana, Mississippi and to another city in Alabama. Michelle Krause, M.D., MPH, recounted to the Army team how she and Jake Stover, UAMS chief administrative officer and associate vice chancellor for clinical finance, worked together in mid-August to apply to FEMA for help with staffing. They didn’t receive any response until Sept. 3. “This is the first time Department of Defense medical assets have deployed to support both Idaho and Arkansas during the pandemic,” said Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson, Army North commander. “We are proud to be called upon to support our local, state and federal partners there, and in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, in this whole-of-government response.”
According to a news release from the U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requested the deployment of about 60 military medical personnel in three, 20-person teams, each to one of three states — Arkansas, Alabama and Idaho. Michelle Krause, far right, addresses the team gathered Sept. 10 in the Lobby Gallery for orientation. Michael Manley, chief of staff in the UAMS Chancellor’s Office, stands second from right.Image by Bryan Clifton
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