Clinical Lessons from the Northeast Surge

COVID-19: Spread the Science, NOT the Virus Webinar Series

Clinical Lessons from the Northeast Surge

Tuesdays 4:00 pm ET | July 21 - September 29, 2020


The Northeast Hospital Associations responded to the first surge of COVID-19 in the United States this spring by promoting collaboration and knowledge-sharing among states, hospital associations, hospitals and clinicians. 

The hospital associations shared their lessons learned with colleagues across the country on Tuesday afternoons from July 21-September 29, 2020. Listen to the webinar recording to learn about approaches to and solutions for the clinical dilemmas that arose during our surge.

July 21: Managing Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in the Setting of the COVID-19 Patient Surge

This panel of nephrologists cared for patients at the height of the spring surge in the Northeast. The aim of the webinar is to share highly technical clinical knowledge and experiences with clinicians across the country who are or will be encountering critically ill patients with Acute Kidney Injury due to COVID-19. Examples of topics include discussion of therapeutic options, use of treatment modalities, and strategies for managing scarce resources.

July 28: Obstetrics and Birthing During COVID-19

COVID-19 has added another layer of risk to pregnancy and childbirth. Women in the US already had the greatest risk of dying from pregnancy complications among 11 high-income countries (Commonwealth Fund, 2018). Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women (CDC, 2019).  Join clinicians from the Northeast as they talk about the strategies they utilized to lower the risk for all pregnant women under their care.

August 4: Behavioral Health & Post-acute Care

This session will review the experience for members from the New Jersey Hospital Association on both behavioral health and post-acute areas. We will discuss lessons learned and best practice on managing challenges throughout COVID-19. 

August 11: Lessons for Opportunistic Transformation

COVID-19 clearly demonstrated that rapid advances in high reliability organizing can be achieved if leaders are sensitive to operations and are appropriately opportunistic. Join us for a session that will explore transformational improvements at Jefferson Health.

August 18: Well-being of the Healthcare Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the US healthcare system which was already experiencing higher levels of personal burnout than the average US worker.  Well-being efforts to support the workforce have become a critical countermeasure during the pandemic. Our speakers will share lessons learned and strategies to build teams and well-being in your organization.

August 25: Leading Patient Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hospitals in New York were at the epicenter of the pandemic, experiencing surges of critically ill patients while facing unique situations daily. Nursing leaders were called upon to develop and implement new and innovative approaches to delivering high-quality patient care under extraordinary conditions. During this panel session, nursing leaders from New York will share lessons learned and their approach to staffing, communication, and the delivery of care.

September 1: Resumption of Scheduled Surgeries & Outpatient Procedures

During the peak of the COVID-19 surge, Pennsylvania hospitals were ordered to postpone or cancel elective surgeries and outpatient procedures. Thirty-five days later those restrictions were lifted. Learn how three hospital systems across Pennsylvania changed their policies and procedures to adhere to changing regulations while maintaining a safe environment for patients and staff.  

September 8: Coordinated Response and Business Recovery in Rural Health Care Systems

Leaders from Northern Light Health will share their experiences and lessons learned during COVID-19. A response that started with a concerned email from their supply chain leader quickly developed into a coordinated, state-wide response for a complex, full-service, rural healthcare system that 10 member hospitals, long-term care facilities, laboratory, medical transport, home care, retail pharmacies, and more.

September 15: Navigating Care Transitions During the COVID-19 Surge in Massachusetts

The process of ensuring timely and smooth transitions of patients has been magnified during COVID-19. The pandemic has highlighted coordination challenges across the continuum, requiring hospitals and post-acute care providers to communicate and collaborate more than ever before on evolving issues to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Challenges include unique patient needs, patient acceptance criteria, personal protective equipment, infection control, and patient and staff testing. This webinar will feature a discussion among Massachusetts acute and post-acute care providers regarding their strategies for managing through a pandemic and lessons learned, and for managing future surges.

September 22: Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder

Presented by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, the community health and quality partner of the New Hampshire Hospital Association

COVID-19 has had significant impacts on behavioral health and substance use and their treatment.  This webinar will focus on a trauma informed approach to care for patients seeking treatment for behavioral health issues and substance use disorder, as well as current research on the impact of the virus on substance use patterns and treatment delivery.

September 29: Long-Term Care Facilities: Lessons in Crisis Management

Even though Vermont was spared the massive surge of COVID-19 experienced in other states, we witnessed similar troubling COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities (LTC). 

The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC), Vermont’s only tertiary academic hospital, collaborated with Burlington Health and Rehabilitation and Birchwood to assist with outbreak management, a process which required partnerships with numerous other entities across our rural region. This webinar will share the experience in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, including data, successes, challenges, and recommendations from lessons learned. 

The COVID-19: Spread the Science,
NOT the Virus 

webinar series was originally created by the JCPH's MPH Program to help the Jefferson Community learn what we can do about COVID-19 and its impact on public health and the healthcare system. The entire Public Health section of the series recording can be accessed here.