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Regional Medical Center Experiencing Inpatient Capacity Concerns

Regional Medical Center (RMC), like other healthcare facilities across the state and nation, are experiencing inpatient capacity concerns in their Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care Department.

There are different contributing factors including but not limited to COVID-19, RSV, as well as other illnesses and injuries. Added to this local capacity concern, RMC is having difficulty transferring patients needing higher levels of care to larger facilities in surrounding cities. This is due to these larger facilities experiencing inpatient capacity concerns as well. So, instead of transferring patients where they typically would to Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, or Waterloo, RMC is sometimes having to transfer patients farther away to locations such as Des Moines or Mason City. If RMC is unable to transfer a patient out, their team will engage additional resources and make every effort to provide the highest level of care possible for that patient.

RMC Chief Nursing Officer Heather Ries says they’re seeing younger patients affected by COVID-19.


RMC’s inpatient unit capacity fluctuates on a daily basis and, as of today, is nearing capacity. Leaders meet routinely to communicate and strategize what the needs are at their facility, as well at surrounding facilities.

“We understand this information may be alarming; however, we want our community to be aware and knowledgeable of what is happening around them and at their local hospital,” shared Danette Kramer, Chief Executive Officer.

According to Delaware County Public Health, as of last Wednesday, two people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Delaware County. There were 24 new COVID-19 cases reported in the week leading up to August 25th, with a 7-day positivity rate of 7.3%. Also as of last Wednesday, 53% of Delaware County residents ages 12 and up had been vaccinated.

Regional Medical Center officials say patients should not hesitate to come to RMC if you need routine or emergent healthcare – they say their teams are available and ready to care for you and your family.

photo courtesy of RMC

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