March 23, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Today, Monday, March 23, 2020, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) President/CEO Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, and Chief Physician Executive Kent Hall, MD, provided an update on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation at MVHS.
MVHS is actively preparing for a surge in patient volumes and developing a surge plan as required by the New York State Department of Health. This plan is due tomorrow and requires that MVHS has a plan to surge up 50 percent above current census.
Part of the surge plan is the recruitment of physicians, nurses and other healthcare specialists such as respiratory therapists who have either retired in the past few years or moved to other facilities in the community. Anyone in these areas looking to have their name added to the MVHS list of staffing resources, can call 315-624-5607.
Also, MVHS is responding to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mandate that all nonessential staff not come to work by implementing a 30-day work force plan to provide employees with authorized personnel leave. The goal of this plan is to keep people whole financially while also protecting the resources of MVHS.
Finally, in order to conserve supplies and resources, the drive-through testing site on Burrstone Road will be closed after today. This decision was made in conjunction with the Oneida County Health Department and Rome Memorial Hospital. It is imperative to retain supplies for those most at-risk and for healthcare workers.
For updates related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, visit mvhealthsystem.org/coronavirus
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