UH Hospital Continues Feeling the Strain
January 19, 2022 by Staff Report

A broken record it may be, but University Hospitals Chief Operating Officer Jason Glowczewski painted a cloudy picture for the current state of area hospitals during the Geauga County Township Association event Jan. 12 at Punderson Manor Lodge in Newbury Township.

A broken record it may be, but University Hospitals Chief Operating Officer Jason Glowczewski painted a cloudy picture for the current state of area hospitals during the Geauga County Township Association event Jan. 12 at Punderson Manor Lodge in Newbury Township.

“University Hospitals is experiencing record high census of hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients throughout our health system,” he said. “This has led to our hospitals reaching nearly full capacity at many locations. When medically necessary, sometimes patients are transferred from one UH facility to another. We continually leverage the strength of our 23-hospital system to provide for the health care needs of our patients.”

Glowczewski said currently, UH staffing resources are strained and some staff are in quarantine due to COVID-19 to protect patients and fellow staff.

“Along with other Northeast Ohio hospital systems, we are grateful for the governor’s assistance of the Ohio National Guard,” he said. “All available Guard personnel are being deployed in the hospitals and testing sites to support our caregivers in their effort to care for our community. We are all dedicated to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

More than 95 percent of patients with COVID-19 in the ICU and who die from the disease are non-vaccinated, Glowczewski said.

“This means that vaccination is protecting people from severe illness. The majority of vaccinated patients who are hospitalized have underlying health conditions,” Glowczewski said. “We are urging everyone eligible to please get vaccinated or to receive a booster dose if it has been longer than six months since they have received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccination or two months since a J&J vaccination.”

UH is see record numbers of patients in its emergency departments and wait times have increase “dramatically” since the beginning of the pandemic, Glowczewski said, adding many of the people who come to the ER require routine testing (testing without symptoms) or have an illness that could be treated efficiently at their doctor’s office or an Urgent Care office.

The Ohio Department of Health website has lists of testing centers around Ohio and drive-thru testing is available by appointment at the W.O. Walker Center at East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue, Glowczewski said.

“Unless patients have an emergency health crisis or significant COVID-19 symptoms, we urge them to first seek care from their regular doctor,” he said. “Patients will have less wait time and less cost out-of-pocket at doctors’ offices.”