Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced a statewide public-private hospital plan to fight COVID-19. Under the plan, hospitals that are beginning to reach or exceed capacity would transfer patients to other hospitals that are not as full.
“We just had a great meeting where we brought the healthcare system from across the state of New York together to come up with one coordinated plan,” Cuomo said during a coronavirus briefing Monday. “Not private hospitals and public hospitals, not New York City hospitals and Long Island hospitals or Westchester hospitals, upstate hospitals, not big hospitals and small hospitals, the entire healthcare system convened, coordinated, working as one for the first time in decades.”
According to a news release from the governor’s office, hospital systems across the state have agreed to share supplies, staff and other resources as needed.
The State Department of Health will work with the statewide healthcare system to create a command center to share information among hospitals about the supplies each hospital has in stock and the supplies each hospital is ordering. The goal of the central inventory system is to ensure that the purchase and distribution of supplies is done strategically and efficiently.
In a COVID-19 update issued Tuesday afternoon, Upper Allegheny Health System addressed Cuomo’s comments:
"Reacting to New York state Gov. Cuomo’s call to expand hospital bed capacity statewide, our facilities staff has done an amazing job. New York state hospitals were asked to increase bed capacity in preparation for a patient surge by 50 percent. While no formal request was submitted by Pennsylvania, we decided to be proactive and plan for additional surge at BRMC as well.
"Again, we are aware of the governor’s statements about cooperation between providers across the state. Yes, he suggested patients and/or staff could potentially move to and from hospitals across the state as the surge moves. However, at this point, we have received no directives nor have we received any information suggesting that patients will be coming to Olean from downstate. At this point, we continue to plan for surge to address local needs, according to (UAHS President and CEO Jeff) Zewe."
For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.
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