Hudson Valley hospitals say they're prepared in case of 2nd wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations
Hudson Valley hospitals say they feel prepared to carry out Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan in case COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state make a resurgence.
Cuomo says the state's Department of Health is initiating emergency hospital procedures including increasing hospital capacity by 50%, preparing for emergency field hospitals and sharing patient load within and among hospital systems.
Personnel at St. John's Riverside Hospital and the Westchester Medical Center tell News 12 that they were faced with many unknowns in the spring. But they say they know what they're going up against this time around.
Both hospitals say they're stockpiling ventilators and PPE.
Dr. Mark Silberman, the chief of emergency medicine at St. John's Riverside Hospital, believes the Hudson Valley has plenty of hospital beds.
Hudson Valley hospitals may take in patients from New York City should their hospitals need assistance. However, if the first wave is any indication of how many may be sent here, chief medical officer of WMC Health Renee Garrick says the majority of patients were from the Hudson Valley.
News 12 is told hospitals also feel much more confident planning ahead because they better understand how to treat COVID-19 patients now.
Silberman says those successful treatments, coupled with better preparedness, will lead to a lower amount of deaths even as cases go up.