Published on November 08, 2021

Parkview Receiving Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance

 At the request of Parkview and the state of Colorado, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deployed a team of medical professionals from its National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to Parkview’s main hospital to care for patients in one of the hospital’s medical/surgical units.  Colorado requested medical staffing assistance through FEMA, who processed the request and assigned HHS to provide the supporting medical team. FEMA will reimburse HHS for 100% of the costs associated with the team’s deployment to Parkview Medical Center.

“We are extremely grateful for this support from the state of Colorado and HHS.  We have a dedicated staff at Parkview who continue to provide exceptional care for Pueblo and southern Colorado.  The NDMS team will allow us to expand our bed capacity,” stated Leslie Barnes, President and CEO of Parkview Health System.     

The NDMS team of 15 includes a physician, advanced healthcare practitioner, nurses, paramedics and a respiratory therapist along with support personnel.  The NDMS team will collaborate with Parkview’s staff to provide short-term surge support for 14 days.  Parkview has been experiencing an increase of COVID-19 cases for the past four weeks and currently has 90 COVID-19 patients in house.   Approximately 80% of hospitalizations continue to be among those who are not vaccinated.   

Parkview encourages all community members, who are eligible to receive their free vaccination.  To find a vaccination site near you, text your zip code to 438829 or visit the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment’s website.  For COVID-19 testing, please visit the locations at the Pueblo Mall or the State Fair grounds. 

Visiting restrictions at Parkview remain the same. 

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.