John Nelson and Deasia Graham

John Nelson and Deasia Graham are a part of an 18-member National Guard team helping the staff at Elkhart General Hospital.

ELKHART — Stretched thin by the added workload caused by the pandemic and a shortage of nurses, Elkhart General Hospital could use a helping hand, President Carl Risk says.

That’s why 18 members of the Indiana National Guard came to town last week and will be assisting with things like blood draws, electrocardiograms and patient care for at least another week. The assistance arrived as a result of the Indiana State Department of Health’s collaboration with the National Guard.

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