In New York, COVID cases were doubling every day resulting in a severe shortage of hospital beds, medical teams and equipment. Proactive planning by the State of Illinois and City of Chicago leadership quickly ascertained the need to prepare, align, augment and scale healthcare COVID delivery capabilities in anticipation of predicted service demands. With unprecedented speed, action and precision, an amazing team comprised of federal, state and local governmental agencies, private contractors and area health professionals deliver an unprecedented result: standing up a 3,000 bed Alternate Care Facility to treat COVID positive patients within the Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center and began treating patients in only 30 days! Join us an overview of the clinical and non-clinical considerations that were taken into account in order to build a facility in lightning speed following a process that can be replicated, as told by the core members of the team who came together to solve a complex challenge like no other.
Moderated by: Georgia Casciato, FACHE, Managing Director- Healthcare at Syntegrity and CHEF Past President
Colonel Aaron W. Reisinger, Chicago District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
David Bucaro, Lead Project Integrator, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Chicago District
Thomas Caplis, Vice President & Business Group Leader, The Walsh Group
Martin Judd, Chief Operating Officer, McCormick Place Alternate Care Facility
Paul Merrick, Co-CEO, DuPage Medical Group and Clinical Advisor, McCormick Place Alternate Care Facility
Christopher Shields, Assistant Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Public Health