Governor Cuomo announced a new hospital network Central Coordinating Team that will help facilitate a more coordinated and strategic approach among New York State’s healthcare system in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coordinating team will help implement the statewide public-private hospital plan 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 recruiment.
The team will be led by the State Department of Health and includes the Westchester, New York City and Long Island healthcare 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.
Governor Cuomo also announced the State is launching an online portal that will help connect hospitals and healthcare facilities across the state with nearly 80,000 healthcare 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 greatist need; volunteers are expected to be depolyed as early as Thursday, April 2, 2020.
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