A Message from Kate Walsh: May 15, 2020
For the past couple of months, every Friday, I’ve had the privilege of thanking each of you for your tremendous response to the challenges we’ve been facing. I am so proud of how we’ve come together for our patients, our community, and for each other. Thank you!
And, I’m happy to say that we are now down from a high of 225 COVID positive patients in-house to 63 and declining. We’ve also safely discharged 975 COVID positive patients as of today – as CNO Nancy Gaden would say, “now that is some good news!”
With that said, we’re not quite out of the woods yet. While the state will begin its phased re-opening next week, we have many challenges to address before we can say we’re “back to normal” at BMC. We know enough about this terrible disease to be humble and ever vigilant, and we are approaching this next phase of our work as we always have – with commitment, rigor, and adherence to the best available information.
So, as we begin to rebound from this pandemic, I wanted to share a few headlines of what’s to come:
- We are targeting June 1 to begin increasing medically necessary and time sensitive procedures both in-patient and in our ambulatory clinics.
- We will continue to monitor hot spots in the communities we serve, as well as our employee infection rates, and will add additional screening and testing procedures as appropriate.
- We look forward to welcoming back our patients on campus (which may feel a bit different), and through our successful venture into telehealth. This will require all of us to work hard to ensure our patients feel supported and cared for as they navigate this new normal.
- We also look forward to a carefully phased return of our team members who have either been reassigned, furloughed, or working from home due to the pandemic. This will happen as we ramp up our operations, and we'll pay close attention to the safety of our campus.
- We will be closely monitoring our COVID census and models so we can react swiftly if we start to see signs that this virus is increasing.
As we move into this next phase, I thank you in advance for your continued hard work, agility, and collaborative spirit – attributes I’ve been proud to see from you every day. Please be on the lookout for additional communication from me and your department leaders in virtual town halls and other forums over the next few weeks.
Thank you for all you are doing.
President & CEO