Country: United States
Cone Health COVID Response
As the pandemic took a devastating toll on the U.S health system, Cone Health knew that it needed an innovative organizational strategy to cope with the surge in hospitalizations. In less than a month, Cone Health converted a recently-closed maternity specialty hospital into a COVID-19 hospital capable of caring for 116 patients. It converted a former neonatal intensive care unit into a fully-equipped ICU capable of caring for 32 adult patients. It also established 116 negative pressure-capable rooms, which helped preserve PPEs in a time of scarcity.
This feat involved a multidisciplinary team of more than 80 leaders, caregivers and administrators. The space had to be evaluated to ensure that it could accommodate COVID-positive patients. The building was divided into hot and cool zones indicating areas where there were higher risks for exposures. Red lines and yellow lines demarcated hot zones, warm zones and clean zones. Certain elevators are for COVID+ transport only. There were also Plexiglass-protected clean areas in hot zones to allow easy communication with staff in PPE.
The team also created dedicated spaces for donning and doffing that allowed for controlled processes that could be consistently observed.