Patient transfers continue to pose significant challenge to SMH

Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients have been surging across the United States, causing difficulties for patients that require transfers for care. 

According to Sheridan Memorial Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty, the patient count of SMH has been consistent but at the during the week the number did slightly decline, allowing for a bit of reprieve for staff. 

But that can change quickly, and staff are constantly checking the situations in other hospitals throughout the region. Should a patient require a transfer to receive care, the list of available space in hospitals is almost non-existent.  

M. McCafferty

The situation changes quickly, many times daily. When it is possible, transferring patients from SMH to another hospital in the region is now a case by case basis, McCafferty said.  

M. McCafferty

Although a small break in hospitalizations has given the staff of SMH a small reprieve, the hospital continues to administer an average of 70 tests a day.  

Beginning Monday, Oct. 4, SMH will begin taking appointments to receive a Pfizer vaccine booster as well as appointments for those wishing to take the initial doses.


  1. And if I have a heart attack and all the ICU beds are filled with covidiots does that mean I’m supposed to die for your freedumb ? I don’t think so. At triage all covidiots should be informed that if their bed is needed by someone who didn’t volunteer to die they will be shuffled off to a closet to die alone in the dark. Please remember to pick up your Darwin Award on your way off the planet.

    • If you have had both jabs but are a breakthrough case and are in ICU does that make you a covididiot? If you weigh 450 pounds are in the ICE are you a fatidiot? If you smoke 4 packs a day and are in ICU are you a Marlboroidiot? Typical dem with the name calling and blaming. Biden and Harris both said they would not take the Trump vaccine.” I be darn, they were first in line. Where is this unity that China Joe promised??? GROW UP OLSON!

      • Grow up all in caps? What, you couldn’t find an angry bird emoji? Accusing Dems of name calling in the same paragraph you throw a slur at the President. Someone who is inoculated and gets sick enough to need an ICU bed is practically a Unicorn- and would qualify as really unlucky. Your other 2 examples may actually be defensible with the minor difference that they’re not contagious. You, on the other hand, are. In the end I’m tired of pretending that you have some kind of valid argument that justifies endangering my grandchildren, my friends with compromised immune systems, and all the rest of us who may need a hospital that is overwhelmed with Covid deniers.

    • First of all Ray, your comments wishing death on those that might disagree with your views is disgusting and morally bankrupt… And your egotistical view that you have more of a right to medical care than others that you deem unworthy is staggering…

      You just regurgitate leftist talking points and spew hate and division with your comments, it is just sad really, you should be ashamed of yourself, but as a leftist I know you won’t be.

      • Perhaps I got carried away- but a death toll pushing 3/4 of a million from a pandemic that should have been under control nearly 6 months ago if people who could had gotten vaccinated and if people had followed common sense rules of masking and distancing. I’m very tired of this and tired of the right(if we’re going to make it partisan) saying that useless deaths are the price of their freedom. Freedom without responsibility is anarchy. If you’re going to accept responsibility for these deaths, then surely you would refuse treatment if you became ill from the disease you volunteered for.

        • Not trying to make it partisan, I despise both the left and right, they are both toxic, both sides just repeat the propaganda they are fed and neither side seems able to fully think for themselves. I am not accepting responsibility for any deaths as I am not arguing on the right wings tenants, it isn’t a black or white issue, I am simply pointing out that your argument is just a leftist talking point that has apparently poisoned your mind to the point that you hope anyone who disagrees with your side “dies in a dark closet”.

          • I really don’t think bothsiderism is defensible. My frustration driven outburst may have offended people, walking around as a covid petri dish, allowing, the virus to grow and mutate is killing people.

  2. Slur? Biden supports China more that he supports the USA. Thats for your medical diagnosis…didnt know you were an MD. Contagious or not, they still fill ICU beds which was your gripe. Democracy and freedom are messy. Kids are the least impacted group by covid thank God. Covid denier vs Feedom denier… not a hard choice

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