Patients may be cared for at different locations beginning this week
Columbia, SC—Prisma Health is developing a surge plan for its hospitals to react to the anticipated COVID-19 peak of patients in the Midlands. To best care for our patients, we are grouping together COVID-19 patients and, in the Midlands, moving expectant mothers, newborns and oncology patients between Prisma Health inpatient facilities.
The surge plan uses all of the Prisma Health–Midlands hospitals and their 1,000 beds to help address increased volumes. To help ease the transitions for Prisma Health patients who will need to move between care facilities, caregivers from their current hospital units will travel with them to their new locations. The current plan includes:
“We are providing information about our COVID-19 response to the community to reassure everyone that we are here for you,” said Steve Shelton, MD, Incident Commander of Prisma Health–Midlands. “Our team is working tirelessly to care for this community – our current patients and those who we will care for with the anticipated COVID-19 patient increase. Our comprehensive plan is designed to provide the best care for patients while maintaining the safety of our team members.”
Shelton added, “We understand that this information includes changes for some of our patients. Every action we are taking is in the best interests of our patients, our team members and the health of our community, and we apologize for any inconveniences this may cause you.”
For more information about COVID-19 and Prisma Health’s continued response, visit PrismaHealth.org/Coronavirus.