Mercy Hospital Northwest sees staffing challenges amidst surge in omicron COVID-19 cases


ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas is seeing a staffing challenge due to the rise of the omicron COVID-19 variant.

The hospital is managing at capacity with the virus, but it is seeing more outpatient staff coming down with the virus.

Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Lance Faddis says it’s a relief to have the National Guard helping with COVID-19 testing.

“They’re doing a phenomenal job,” Faddis said. “We really appreciate their help and appreciate the governor’s office activating those folks for us. They’re really doing a phenomenal job to help us.”

Mercy has a COVID-19 testing clinic available at their health center next to Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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