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Hospitals React to Governor Brown's Executive Order

"We welcome Governor Brown's executive order, which will give hospitals the staffing flexibility and labor resources they need to address a crippling surge of patients with respiratory illness. But the reality is Oregon hospitals need the ability to adjust their staffing all of the time, not just during a surge that has intensified our capacity crisis. We have critically ill children in adult units and boarding in Emergency Departments who should be in pediatric intensive care units in Portland, but there are few available beds. We've been saying it for more than two years: our system is failing. The unfortunate position we find ourselves in today could have been prevented, and it wasn't."

Lisa Goodman, Vice President of Communications