Episode 23 part 1: Cycle of Patient Care During a COVID Surge
On an average day, there are usually 1,400 beds in operation across the Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida. During the first wave of COVID last summer, the hospital exceeded that capacity with 1,600 patients.
Florida is now in the midst of another COVID wave. This time patients are younger, and they are almost entirely unvaccinated — and at the peak of the wave, there were 1,700 patients in the hospital system.
In part 1 of this 2-part series, we’re joined by six distinguished physicians from Memorial Healthcare System to discuss what the treatment cycle of a COVID patient looks like today.
Our panel includes:
- Dr. Marc Napp – Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
- Dr. Randy Katz – Medical Director, Emergency Services, Memorial Regional Hospital
- Dr. Jose Fernandez-Duarte – Medical Director, TeamHealth Hospitalists
- Dr. Ari Sareli – Chief, Critical Care Medicine, Chief Physician Executive, Memorial Physician Group
- Dr. Paula Eckardt – Chief, Memorial Division of Infectious Disease
- Dr. Tammy Tucker – PsyD (Behavioral Health)
- How the current COVID wave is different from the first wave
- The different phases of treatment
- The importance of getting the vaccine