Miss Friday’s Virtual Town Hall? Here’s a quick recap

April 27, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Last Friday, leaders held another Virtual Town Hall to provide updates on activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you missed it, you can view the Town Hall above.

Some key takeaways from the updates include:

  • Social distancing, work from home, and exercising safety best practices when working on-site are paying off. The organization has seen not only a flattening of the curve, but also a decline in COVID-19 cases in the hospital. Currently, the census is 127 COVID-19 / PUI patients.
  • Team members need to stay the course, and be diligent and comply with the most recent governor’s executive order to continue Stay Home efforts until May 15.
  • As Michigan Medicine anticipates dealing with COVID-19 for quite some time, planning is underway to determine how to resume deferred patient care, while still maintaining the ICU capability to care for COVID-19 patients.
  • Plans are also underway to ramp-up ambulatory care services, using a phased and intentional approach. Clinics that are currently open will be offering more services so utilization at those clinics is maximized before opening up other clinics. Virtual care will continue as a first-line option for consideration to maximize safety. The phased approach and timing is as follows:
    • Tier 1: Current state, care for most urgent patients.
    • Tier 2: May 4-22, resume care for patients whose risk of delayed care is greater than COVID-19 risk.
    • Tier 3: May 26-June 12, resume care for next level of medical need.
    • Tier 4: June 15, resume ongoing ambulatory care.
  • Due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization will need to cut expenses toward the goal of regaining financial stability in FY21. Learn more by reviewing the Economic Recovery Plan FAQs.

For the latest updates and information on COVID-19 related activities, refer to the Headlines COVID-19 page.