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On Monday, Dec. 27, Brigham welcomed a cohort of members of the Massachusetts National Guard to support non-clinical hospital operations and mitigate the staffing shortages that many departments are experiencing as a result of the rising rates of COVID-19 in the community over the last few weeks.

Their presence comes after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s decision to activate the National Guard to support hospitals across the state.

Guard members will primarily work in food services, serving patients meals and assisting staff with food preparation, as well as supporting the Emergency Department and patient transport.

In addition to the Brigham, the National Guard is supporting fifty-four other hospitals across Massachusetts. Troops will remain at Brigham until March 20, 2022, and will primarily be present in the evenings.