The hospital system is also monitoring its supply of masks, gowns, face shields, wipes and other products to keep patients and team members safe. “In this unprecedented time, we have moved forward with the activation of a Regional Infectious Containment Unit (RICU),” said Dr. Marschall Runge, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the Medical School. Jason Barczy, DMC communications director, said the system continues to closely monitor the CDC’s COVID-19 guidance and adjust measures in place to ensure the safety of our patients and staff," he said. Kevin Tompkins, McLaren Health spokesperson, said the hospital system is working around the clock to address all elements of its preparedness for this rapidly evolving pandemic. "We have multiple teams working on all aspects of Supply Chain, Human Resources, patient safety and clinical care and other logistics and training directly related to responding to this health crisis," he said. Tompkins said the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic along with its associated unknown aspects, including rate and speed of its spread, present a "very real potential of placing significant strain on the existing hospital infrastructure both within the state and nationally." The hospital system's need for critical supplies, such as ventilators, face masks, and other personal protection equipment will depend on patient demand over the next week or two. Melissa Thrasher, spokesperson for Ascension, said the hospital system is always preparing for an influx of patients, but with increased focus prior to cold and flu season. "We are working in alignment with our local, state and national public health and community partners and suppliers to assess our readiness and address any identified needs." “We believe this is the right step to protect our patients, team members and communities,” said Darryl Elmouchi, chief medical officer, Spectrum Health System and president.
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