Coronavirus Pandemic Surge Planning: Modeling, Staffing, and Operational Planning
Alastair Bell, MD, MBA, executive vice president for Boston Medical Center Health System, began the health system's surge planning weeks ago. Recently he sat down with Kate Walsh, president and CEO, to discuss preparations, his approach to surge planning, and how the team has adapted quickly to the rapidly evolving situation and policies — sometimes several iterations in one day — to stay on top of patient care while protecting staff. One thing is clear: proactive forward-looking planning has been critical.
As hospitals around the country prepare for coronavirus patient surges in the coming weeks, the predictive modeling approach Bell and his team have taken can offer a valuable lesson in rising to meet demand.