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Cuomo announces new hospital network central coordinating team

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Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:35 pm

Central coordinating team will help implement statewide public-private hospital plan to share information, supplies, staff and patients among hospitals across state

New online portal will launch today to connect hospitals to volunteer health care workers and help prioritize deployment to hospitals with greatest need

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new hospital network central coordinating team that will help facilitate a more coordinated and strategic approach among the state's health care system in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coordinating team will help implement the statewide public-private hospital plan, which the governor announced yesterday, to share information, supplies, staff and patients among hospitals across the state. The team will be responsible for organizing upstate to downstate staffing; assisting Elmhurst Hospital and other stressed hospitals; setting patient thresholds for hospitals; organizing patient transfers to other hospitals and the USNS Comfort; coordinating state-city stockpiles and individual hospital stockpiles; and facilitating staffing recruitment.

The team will be led by the State Department of Health and includes the Westchester, New York City and Long Island health care systems, the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State. The team will also work with FEMA and the federal government.

Cuomo also announced the state is launching an online portal that will help connect hospitals and health care facilities across the state with the nearly 80,000 health care workers who have volunteered to work on a temporary basis during the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal will prioritize the deployment of workers to hospitals with the greatest need; volunteers are expected to be deployed as early as this Thursday.

"As we continue to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have two missions: preparing our hospital system so it is not overwhelmed when the apex of the curve hits, and ensuring people stay home so they don't get the virus in the first place," Cuomo said. "We are following the mathematical projections of the experts and preparing for the main battle at the apex by procuring as much equipment as we can, increasing our hospital capacity and supporting hospital staff. We met with the entire state hospital system for the first time ever and established an unprecedented new approach to work cooperatively as one unified, statewide health care system to defeat this virus.

“This virus does not discriminate – no one is immune to it – and people must continue to be cautious, think of others and not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary."

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