Responding to a public health crisis
In the first months of 2020, as the coronavirus tide moved toward the United States and California, we began preparing for its inevitable arrival in Monterey County. At Community Hospital, we quickly went into our formal “incident command” mode on March 3. In the days that followed, we erected a triage tent to ensure that those with respiratory symptoms were separated from the rest of our patients, began building up our stock of protective gear, ratcheted up some services, and scaled back others. We wanted to be able to both care for our community and to calm its fears.
We did that successfully — a credit to our talented and committed employees who, when faced with uncharted territory, relied on their individual capabilities and drew from each other, as well as experts from around the world. They’ve worked as a team, taking on challenges we’ve never faced before. We are now living our “new normal,” but that will undoubtedly change again. Suffice it to say, we’re ready.
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