• Rome Memorial Hospital submits plan to increase capacity by 50% 

    Rome Memorial Hospital is submitting its surge plan to increase capacity by 50% to the New York State Department of health today in preparation of an increase in critically ill patients from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The plan addresses three key components including space, equipment and staffing, according to Chief Nursing Officer Samantha Vining, M.S., R.N. “The plan takes a multi-dimensional approach of identifying resources inside and outside of the hospital that can be utilized to meet our community’s need,” Vining explained.

    For example, there are areas and people within the hospital that can be reassigned where they are needed most. Externally, the hospital is in contact with providers and facilities that can support surge needs, such as the Griffiss Surgery Center.

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       Griffiss Surgery Center
    “We have established phone numbers for retired healthcare personnel or providers who may have temporarily suspended their operations to contact us for emergency credentialing and onboarding,” Vining said. “We are working with RNs who expected to graduate in May to assist us in a limited patient care capacity.”

    Physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants can call the Medical Staff Office at 315.338.7140. All other healthcare personnel should contact Human Resources at 315.338.7290.

    Teams of providers have already developed and tested plans to manage multiple patients on a ventilator because the state has identified this as one of the most critical resources to manage patients who are critically ill.

    “We express our deepest appreciation to everyone who has come together to protect our patients, residents, staff and community during this evolving COVID-19 pandemic,” Vining said. “Because of your dedication, teamwork and ingenuity, we are developing and implementing response plans to best meet our community’s needs.”