Rep. Max Rose has a unique role among the 435 members of Congress: Helping combat the pandemic on the front lines.
On April 16, Rose returned from a two week deployment with the National Guard to help assist with the coronavirus response on Staten Island. Rose, who currently serves as a Captain in the National Guard, worked as an Operations Officer to help set up an emergency hospital at the South Beach Psychiatric Center on Staten Island.
The 262-bed hospital will be used to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus. According to reports the facility was a clear choice for a temporary hospital, but it took significant effort to get it ready to host patients. For instance, existing beds weren’t fit for medical care, so new beds had to be brought in along with oxygen machines.
During his deployment, Rose and his team helped to set up the proper beds the hospital needed to open.
“What I did was nothing compared to what our essential workers are doing every single day,” Rose said in a statement. “It was a privilege to get this essential COVID-19 hospital up and running. This operation was a testament to what we can accomplish as a city, state, and country when we put aside differences and focus on getting the job done. We need that same focus on securing even more PPE, testing, staffing, and economic aid for New York. I am going to continue doing everything in my power to make that happen.”
Rose is no stranger to deployments. He saw combat when he was enlisted with the U.S Army from 2010 to 2015.
Even though the emergency hospital won’t be able to accommodate patients that need ventilators, it will help relieve overcrowding at the Ocean Breeze campus of Staten Island University Hospital. The ICU there is operating at 320% capacity, according to reports.