Hospital Márcio Cunha
Prepared for the challenge: as a philanthropic institution developed an exemplary response in facing Covid-19
Brazil’s Hospital Márcio Cunha was undaunted in the face of the chaos posed by the pandemic. Despite being a non-profit institution with relatively few resources, the hospital was able to provide quality healthcare for patients in one of the world’s worst-hit countries. Run by the charitable São Francisco Xavier Foundation, the hospital became the main treatment center in the Vale do Aço metropolitan region, which is home to 1.4 million people.
Anticipating a high demand for intensive care, the São Francisco Xavier Foundation strove to increase the capacity of beds in intensive care by more than 100%. To achieve this, an entire hospital floor which originally contained nursing beds was converted to intensive care beds. In just two weeks, ten intensive care beds were created. Another 40 beds were made available in a span of three weeks. As a result, the number of ICU vacancies went from 40 to 90 beds – of these, 50 were destined exclusively to patients with suspected COVID-19.
Additionally, the hospital also hired 297 new staff. It also invested in its own RT-PCR machine, which reduced the turnaround time for COVID-19 test results to just 24 hours. It also acquired 48 new multiparameter monitors, 36 new mechanical ventilators, and two portable ultrasounds. Hospital Márcio Cunha’s comprehensive pandemic response was made possible by its long culture of fiscal prudence and quality service, which was essential in the management of limited resources during the crisis.