With COVID-19, our world is experiencing a health crisis unlike any other. Here in New Mexico, more than 25,000 health care professionals have drilled and prepared for this moment. But we also hoped it would never come.
Now, Presbyterian, UNM Health and Lovelace, in collaboration with state officials, are pulling together to address this crisis. It is only through unified, thoughtful, precise action that we can make the most of our limited resources and ensure New Mexicans stay safe
Presbyterian, UNM Health and Lovelace have each engaged in extensive planning as we anticipate a surge in patients needing access to critical services. Our commitment to the community is to use every resource possible to meet the care needs of our fellow New Mexicans.
What does collaboration look like? Daily phone calls, frequent Zoom meetings with state officials and coordinated capacity planning efforts with health care leaders across the state. Every day we are looking at how to add as many ICU beds as possible while preserving quality care. We are buying and renting additional ventilators. We are flexing clinical positions to expand our critical-care workforce. We are reaching out to supply vendors to stockpile respirators, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for our teams.
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