Hospital faces uphill battle as surge continues, same as last year


Last updated 9/17/2021 at 12:02pm

Northern Montana Health Care/Danielle Courtnage, RN

Meagan Ahlers, RN, from left, Kristina Jenson, RN, standing, Hillary Riggin, CRNA, sitting, and Mary Pizzini, RN, work at Surgical Day Care where patients are prepared for surgery at Northern Montana Hospital Thursday.

Northern Montana Health Care staff are facing a grimly familiar sight as COVID-19 cases rise and beds fill in a scene disturbingly similar to last year.

Northern Montana Health Care Chief of Staff Kevin Harada said workers are facing longer hours and greater stress as more and more positive cases crop up in the community, threatening to overwhelm the health care system in the not-too-distant future if things continue to get worse.

"Things are heating up," Harada said.

Havre Daily News had not received responses to requests for interviews from other members of the Northern Montana Health...

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