May 11, 2020

Honoring our hospitals — and the people who make them great

National Hospital Week shines a light on the vital role of medical centers in their communities in a time of crisis.

Our nation’s understanding of what a hospital looks like has changed dramatically over the past few months as soccer fields, Navy ships, convention centers, and even parking lots have become the settings for the delivery of essential care. At Kaiser Permanente, we have adapted and innovated in ways large and small to ensure the safe and effective treatment of patients with COVID-19.

Kaiser Permanente partnered with Dignity Health, the State of California, and the County of Los Angeles to create the Los Angeles Surge Hospital, a temporary facility that has expanded access to beds and increased intensive care unit capacity, with up to 266 additional beds.

At Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Oregon, members of the operating room team were assigned to hand out masks and scrubs one morning after the hospital rescheduled nonessential surgeries and procedures. When a hospital visitor collapsed near their workstation, they acted quickly to stabilize him and summon the Rapid Response Team.

“People are adjusting in the moment and really showing up for our patients,” said Sunnyside hospital operations project manager Todd Caito.

As we celebrate National Hospital Week from May 10 to 16, 2020, Kaiser Permanente pays tribute to its  hospitals and the people who make them great — from physicians, nurses, therapists, and technologists to nutritionists, receptionists, environmental services workers, and others. These individuals put our patients at the center of everything they do by providing compassionate care, clinical excellence, and unwavering dedication. 

“Everyone who works at Kaiser Permanente plays a vital part in making this organization what it is — a trusted partner in protecting and improving the health of our patients, members, communities, and nation,” said Phil Madvig, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s interim chief medical officer. “That’s especially true during this unprecedented health crisis. We send our heartfelt thanks to all of our hospital employees for their hard work and sacrifices today and every day.”