Released: 12/22/2020 9:36:10 AM
Kaleida Health today announced that it is temporarily re-opening beds at DeGraff Medical Park, formerly known as DeGraff Memorial Hospital.
The move is part of a multipronged approach the health system is utilizing to manage surge capacity and increase bed availability for COVID-19 patients as the holidays approach.
Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo instructed hospitals across New York State to increase their capacity by 25%. More recently, the New York State Department of Health sent a letter to hospital administrators that directed, among other things, that hospitals prepare to achieve 15% acute care capacity growth within 72 hours if a significant COVID-19 surge occurs.
DeGraff will operate as a residential facility or a domiciliary setting, with staff from the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York providing care for patients who are deemed stable and no longer infectious but are unable to be transferred to a skilled nursing facility, congregate living space or home without a negative COVID-19 test.
In addition to this, Kaleida Health is working with one of its community long-term care partners, the McGuire Group, to create a “COVID positive only” facility at Harris Hill Nursing Home.
Both of these initiatives will offer the community an opportunity to transfer “persistently positive” patients and better manage the surge. Those patients are defined as those who have recovered from COVID-19, are no longer infectious and are occupying acute care beds but testing positive on a regular basis.
The average length of stay (LOS) for COVID-19 patients right now within Kaleida Health hospitals is approximately eight days. The “persistently positive” LOS in Kaleida Health hospitals is approximately 38 days, with examples of some longer than 80-90 days.