CEO of Enloe Medical Center explains hospital capacity, ICU bed availability

Butte County's ICU bed availability is 29%, according to California health officials. Action News Now Christina Vitale spoke with the CEO of Enloe Medical Center, Mike Wiltermood regarding hospital capacity.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 7:55 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County's ICU bed availability is 29%, according to California health officials.

"We wanna keep our area safe and ready for an emergency's that come through the door," said Enloe Medical Center's Manager, Breana Feistel.

Feistel said as cases began to climb at the beginning of summer, Enloe began planning how to expand.

"What we wanted to do was to be able to safely expand into another space that stays heated in the winters and cool, especially right now in the summer," said Feistel.

"People who have respiratory problems or COVID like symptoms can go and be treated more on a fast track especially if they don't require admission," said CEO of Enloe Medical Center, Mike Wiltermood.

Wiltermood said the building is a reflection of the recent spike of cases saying it is an indication "we really don't know how long COVID is going to be with us."

According to the state, Butte County has 29% bed availability.

"We have 36 emergency room bays and we can create more if we need to," said Wiltermood. "We have well over 300 potential beds for inpatient use."

He said he does not think bed capacity is going to be a problem. Across the county, Wiltermood said, hospitals should consider how many admitted coronavirus patients will need intensive care with a possible ventilator and then the availability of protective equipment and testing.

"All those things are gonna impact us in the event of a major surge of COVID before bed capacity becomes an issue," said Wiltermood.

The CEO said at this point, he feels comfortable with Enloe's surge plan.

"I just want our community to be reassured that they are safe to come in for any healthcare that they need and they are encouraged to do that," he said.

Butte County Public Health said the other local hospitals recently reported they also feel comfortable with their bed availability.

There is an 83% ventilator availability in Butte County.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3577966

Reported Deaths: 52798
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119433321569
Riverside2903253829
San Bernardino2868142952
Orange2616083952
San Diego2610013317
Santa Clara1109111797
Kern103622902
Fresno956771451
Sacramento936781488
Alameda808731244
Ventura77849858
San Joaquin670401140
Contra Costa62818681
Stanislaus56323950
Tulare48086766
Monterey42316329
San Mateo39096521
San Francisco34318422
Santa Barbara32087416
Solano30163164
Merced29195405
Sonoma28222298
Imperial26913638
Kings22091220
Placer19882232
San Luis Obispo19724236
Madera15505214
Santa Cruz14700183
Marin13261197
Yolo12854185
Shasta11045179
Butte10981167
El Dorado9168100
Napa905671
Sutter888698
San Benito577261
Yuba577137
Lassen562319
Tehama510452
Nevada397974
Tuolumne396359
Mendocino382143
Amador346941
Humboldt321933
Lake316441
Glenn223223
Colusa213913
Calaveras191149
Siskiyou177914
Inyo131737
Mono12144
Del Norte10075
Plumas6536
Modoc4594
Mariposa3957
Trinity3725
Sierra1000
Alpine820
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 35°
Oroville
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 44°
Chico
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 36°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 35°
Red Bluff
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 35°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 36°
We've had beautiful weather over northern California today and it will continue through Wednesday before changes begin. Those changes will first involve cooler air and stronger wind, with rain and snow chances following.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events