We Will Get Through this Together

A Message from Enloe’s CEO

Mike Wiltermood,
Enloe’s president and CEO

At this writing on April 20, our region has been relatively unaffected by Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We in the health care profession owe a great debt to you for the sacrifices you have made to reduce the impact of this pandemic.

It is not lost on us that you have given up your schools, your churches and your usual freedom as we shelter in place. Far too many of our family, friends and neighbors have lost their jobs or had their businesses closed. Whenever and however the Coronavirus impacts our area, we will know that it could have been worse had it not been for the steps you have all taken to reduce the spread of the disease.

We are extremely grateful for your support. You have our pledge to do everything in our power to keep you safe and whole during this difficult time.

Enloe Medical Center, in coordination with other area hospitals and local, state, and federal agencies, has been ready for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients for weeks. Throughout the state, hospitals have postponed non-emergent and urgent cases to keep beds and personnel available in the event of a surge.


 We are extremely grateful for your support. You have our pledge to do everything in our power to keep you safe and whole during this difficult time.”

We have established a live COVID-19 hotline staffed by registered nurses to answer questions and give advice. We have divided our emergency facilities into two units in order to separate patients who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms from those who are not. Our inpatient rehab center has been selected as a Federal Medical Station (FMS) and outfitted with an additional 125 beds in case they are required to address the pandemic.

Our incident command team and our infection control personnel have been operating around the clock, since February, to stay on top of all the information pouring in from Coronavirus hot spots, so we can proactively adjust to the threat with every best practice at our disposal. The entire regional health system is coordinated and ready to meet your needs.

Despite the preparations, our country is faced with two major challenges. One is the shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, and the other is the shortage of lab testing capability, both of which have an impact on our ability to manage infections. Fortunately, hospitals are used to dealing with infections and with shortages.

Year-round, even under normal circumstances, we must protect our patients and our staff from the flu and other contagious diseases despite the lack of certain supplies. As more and more of our medical supplies have come from overseas markets, our supply chains have been increasingly susceptible to political upheaval and disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and now, a world-wide pandemic.

Our experience in managing these situations makes hospitals uniquely qualified to handle even an infection as contagious and potentially dangerous as the Coronavirus.


 In a crisis, you have always been there for us, and we will always be there for you. While it is surely our hope that this pandemic passes us by with minimal impact, whatever happens, we will get through it together.”

We also have the advantage of the resilience our community has repeatedly shown during such disasters as the Camp Fire and the Oroville Dam evacuation. As we band together to meet the challenges of yet another crisis, we are again witness to an amazing local response. Area hospitals have already been the grateful recipients of PPE donated by businesses and individuals.

Some businesses have even used non-traditional supply lines overseas to secure, for our area, truckloads of protective masks that would otherwise be impossible to find, while hundreds of other people continue to hand fashion thousands of washable masks for general use. In addition, local efforts have helped us to finally get the supplies we need for limited, on-site COVID-19 testing without the delays of sending to out-of-state regional labs. All this and more is taking place as our community collectively reaches out to help one another.

While some of the media reports coming out of Coronavirus hot zones, such as Italy, Spain and New York City, have been alarming, it is important to remember that all across the country hospitals are staffed with brave, experienced, and dedicated health care professionals who will go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of you.

In a crisis, you have always been there for us, and we will always be there for you. While it is surely our hope that this pandemic passes us by with minimal impact, whatever happens, we will get through it together. Thank you again for your support.

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