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Combating COVID in Ohio: These are the 7 hospitals getting National Guard help in first deployment wave

Hospitals in Summit and Stark counties are among those getting the help.

CLEVELAND — Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that he was ordering 1,050 members of the National Guard to assist hospitals throughout the state as they face the latest COVID surge.

On Wednesday, we've now learned which hospitals will be given that help within the first wave of deployment -- and it includes several locations in Northeast Ohio. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff listed those hospitals as follows:

  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center in Summit County
  • Summa Akron City Hospital in Summit County
  • Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital in Stark County
  • Mercy Health St. Joseph Hospital in Trumbull County
  • Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Hospital in Mahoning County
  • Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in Lucas County
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Lucas County

“More hospitals are being actively evaluated and will likely be added as the needs dictate," Dr. Vanderhoff said.

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Dr. David Custodio, President of Summa Health System Akron and St. Thomas Hospitals, addressed this extra help during a statewide COVID press conference Wednesday morning.

“We received eight new team members Monday morning and onboarded them very quickly," Dr. Custodio said. "They are EMTs and have stepped up to the plate. Our emergency department director is thrilled. These folks are eager, ready, willing and very much capable to step into the care.”