For Chatham Hospital’s staff, frustrations abound

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SILER CITY — From the desk in his office at Chatham Hospital, Eric Wolak sees a glimmer of hope when talking about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recent surge has slowed a bit, vaccinations are on the uptick and the few “breakthrough” cases the hospital has treated have been minor.

But the frustration that Wolak — the hospital’s COO and chief nursing officer — still feels is palpable. You can sense it in the tenor of his voice, his manner, as he talks about the strain the pandemic has put on the hospital’s ability to meet the demand for care.

And then there’s Chatham Hospital’s nursing shortage.

Wolak takes a breath before answering a question about it.

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