• Press Release
  • April 3, 2020

Children's Hospitals Address National Surge Capacity

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Guidance on Community Collaboration Informs Local, State and Federal Planning

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Children's hospitals are partnering with hospitals in their communities and with local, state and federal leaders in the national response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. To support these efforts, Children's Hospital Association (CHA) publicly released pediatric guidance informing local coordination of hospital beds, staff and supplies for COVID-19 patients. The guidance, developed in consultation with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and shared with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is designed to inform federal and community planning and is being implemented in communities across the nation.

The surge is stressing the national capacity of beds, equipment and supplies, particularly in hospitals caring for adult patients. With a goal to expand the capacity of these hospitals to treat more COVID-19 patients, CHA guidance recommends a temporary consolidation of pediatric care, and in some cases younger adults, in children’s hospitals based on local conditions.

To prepare for possible community consolidation and to preserve equipment and supplies to meet the COVID-19 surge in cities and states across the nation, children's hospitals have also deferred procedures, admissions and ambulatory visits in their facilities.

"In doing our share, we aim to create effective and safe care for adults and children in the coronavirus surge," explained Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of CHA. "Children's hospitals have stepped forward to play our part in the national response while continuing to care for the most severely ill children."

About the Children's Hospital Association

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.