Claremore Native Supports Nation’s COVID-19 Response Aboard Navy Hospital Ship

LOS ANGELES – Navy Hospitalman Baylie Holmes, a native of Claremore, Oklahoma, is serving aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy as part of the U.S Navy’s response to COVID-19.

Mercy arrived in Los Angeles with more than 800 Navy medical personnel and support staff with the afloat medical treatment facility and more than 70 civil service mariners. The ship serves as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, and provides a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults. This allows local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their Intensive Care Units and ventilators for those patients.

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