LifeBridge Health prepares for potential surge in patients

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Posted at 7:14 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 19:14:31-04

BALTIMORE — As part of their plans to prepare for potential coronavirus patients, LifeBridge Health's Northwest Hospital will open a 20-bed unit next week.

They are also preparing to add more than 500 additional beds among their five hospitals in response to a potential surge in patients needing care due to the Coronavirus.

“Each hospital has a written emergency plan in place that includes how we can quickly increase capacity in beds, staffing and equipment,” said Tom Jeffers, corporate director of emergency management for LifeBridge Health. “We have multiple phases outlined at each facility to add as the need grows.”

More than 70 beds could also be added at Grace Medical Center (the former Bon Secours Hospital), freeing up capacity at LifeBridge Health’s other hospitals. These beds could also be ready by the middle of next week.