oregon state hospital
Critics say the administration has failed to address long-term problems and listen to what staff have to say.
A spokeswoman said this was the first time since January that employees didn't have to work overtime to staff all shifts because 24 managers and employees volunteered to work.
Oregon State Hospital leaders have still received no response on deploying the National Guard to aid with a staffing crisis, but the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is seeking civilians to help.
Activating the National Guard was the final step in a five-stage crisis staffing plan hospital administrators developed last fall after a COVID outbreak on the hospital campus left more employees unable to work.
“I think morale is very low,” said recent retiree Roberta O’Dell. “I’ve seen a lot of changes at that hospital, and these are not good.”
Nearly 60 employees have become infected since the pandemic began, with 11 patients testing positive since October.
The outbreak, the largest at the hospital since the pandemic began, has stopped the admission of new patients.
State hospital spokeswoman Rebeka Gipson-King said the patient has been quarantined, as have the 19 other patients who live in the same unit.