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Ann Arbor VA hospital begins treating non-veteran COVID-19 patients

Hospital officials call measure a ‘historic move’

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System)

ANN ARBOR – For the first time in its 67-year history, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is treating non-veteran patient transfers.

The VA answered the call from strained hospitals in the area on Sunday and admitted several non-veteran COVID-19 patients amid the global pandemic. It opened 35 beds -- 25 acute care and 10 intensive care -- to the civilian patients, whose conditions are critical and non-critical.

The move, in coordination with Detroit’s John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, is part of the VA’s “Fourth Mission” -- to support critical needs to local non-veterans in times of crisis and to improve preparedness during national emergencies.

“We’re well-positioned to deliver humanitarian assistance to our community,” Ann Arbor Medical Center Director, Dr. Ginny Creasman, said in a statement. “Our colleagues at other health care systems are in desperate need of relief and we’re able to help, while still preserving a vast majority of our inpatient beds for our veterans.”

According to a news release, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has been preparing for COVID-19 for months by converting inpatient and intensive care units and reallocating personnel and resources in order to accept patients with the virus.

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About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.