In a search for additional space to treat COVID-19 patients, governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state acquired hospital beds at Seton Medical Center in Daly City.
Six days after Newsom made the announcement, the governor said the hospital has begun accepting patients who have contracted the novel coronavirus.
“We were able to get a lease on Seton and Seton now is already operational today,” Newsom said in a press briefing Wednesday. “That’s a significant milestone.”
A press release issued by the governor’s office says Seton Medical Center can accommodate up to 220 COVID-19 patients, which means more than 60 percent of the hospital’s beds are being leased by the state of California.
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California hospitals have a stock of 90,000 hospital beds and Newsom has said he expects the state will need to add 50,000 more due to an anticipated surge in coronavirus cases. The governor says 30,000 additional beds will come from within the hospital system while 20,000 will come from supplementary facilities that could include field medical stations at sites such as convention centers and fairgrounds, vacated dorm rooms on college campuses and even the USNS Mercy, a non-commissioned hospital ship expected to dock at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend.
Newsom said one of the key elements of ensuring Seton Medical Center could open to treat COVID-19 patients was delivering the proper personal protective equipment to the site for doctors and nurses.
“(Seton) is now being staffed by the extraordinary heroes, our nurses and doctors, and we have at least the first tranche of appropriate personal protective gear that is available at that site,” Newsom said.
California will lease Seton Medical Center for at least the next three months and also has a three-month agreement in place with St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, which will be able to accommodate 366 patients.
Over the span of the lease, Verity, the hospital’s owner, will operate the facility on the state’s behalf. Verity declared bankruptcy in 2018, but San Mateo County supervisor David Canepa told the Bay Area News Group last week that bidders will have the freedom to continue negotiating to buy the hospital.
Seton Medical Center is Daly City’s largest employer and according to Canepa, Verity will receive an initial $5 million from the state and then between $2.5-$3.2 million a month in operating expenses …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Health