Reopening a Community Hospital During COVID-19: Live Interview with Rich Fernandez, President & CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton
Community hospitals across the country are in the process of reopening services and operations closed as COVID-19 started to spread across the country. Rich Fernandez, president, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton in Massachusetts, one of the states hit hardest by the COVID-19 virus, walks us through the hospital’s reopening strategy and discusses the steps taken to adjust to the new normal while also ensuring the safety of staff, patients and visitors.
Rich touches on all aspects of the reopening from workforce management changes to the implementation of new patient waiting room procedures and everything in- between. He also shares some of the things he was most surprised about during the crisis and what the hospital is doing to prepare for a potential virus surge in the Fall.