One organization’s campaign against COVID-19 – Part 1

New York City has been at the epicenter of COVID-19, and one leading organization there met the pandemic onslaught head-on. On this episode, we’ll hear how that organization sparked innovations in care, staff support and even a key construction project to create a new dynamic and pace for the future.


Guest speaker:

Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA

Executive Vice President

Vice Dean, Medical School

Chief of Hospital Operations

NYU Langone Health



Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Associate Vice President

Clinical Resources



Show Notes:

[02:08] Nimbleness: dealing with the unknown

[02:40] Ramping up number of executive meetings

[03:40] Innovation: accelerating the graduation of fourth-year medical students

[03:48] Innovation: accelerating an ER expansion to months instead of years

[04:10] Continuing to operate at “warp speed” and not going back

[04:27] Ramping up ICUs

[05:20] Innovations in clinical care

[06:20] Innovations in taking care of staff

[07:22] Takeaways in dealing with a COVID upsurge

[08:55] Not just a microangiopathic disease, a hypercoagulable state—use of IV heparin

[09:47] Use of low-molecular-weight heparin


Links | Resources:

Early Heparin therapy improves hypoxia in COVID-19 patients Click here

Health System in Pandemic Epicenter Identifies Outcomes & New Risk Factors of Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19 Click here

9 ways Covid-19 may forever upend the U.S. health care industry Click here

Care for Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19 (JAMA, March 2020) Click here


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