Daily CEO Update | My visit to the White House
Cleveland Clinic will always embrace opportunities to lead. They enable us to do what is right for our patients, fellow caregivers and the communities we serve.
Our leadership role has been clear throughout this pandemic. We are proud to take part in local, state and national conversations about COVID-19.
- Today, I visited the White House with other hospital leaders. We discussed creating a national ventilator exchange to meet critical care needs in locations with the greatest urgency. Afterward, I spoke during the President’s press briefing and shared how we are working to contain the virus here in Ohio. Watch this part of the briefing.
- In Ohio, I continue to stay in regular contact with Governor Mike DeWine.
- In Florida, our leadership team maintains contact with state and county officials along the Treasure Coast and in Broward. We recently completed the first full week of drive-through testing in South Palm Beach County as part of a public/private partnership.
These discussions are made possible by the legacy of leadership our caregivers have upheld for nearly 100 years.
At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, we are playing a key role in the United Arab Emirates’ strategy to detect, treat and manage the spread of COVID-19.
- Our caregivers designed a tiered-based approach to triaging COVID-positive patients, which was endorsed by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health.
- The hospital has activated new floors dedicated to patients with COVID-19, raising bed capacity for a surge. More than 250 caregivers are working beyond their traditional roles.
- We set up a triage tent outside the Emergency Department to screen patients away from the main hospital. We have screened more than 3,000 people since mid-March.
In northeast Ohio, our reprocessing of personal protective equipment has been a success. We disinfected more than 6,000 N95 masks for our supplies last week.
Yesterday, I sent an email to 1.3 million Cleveland Clinic patients, affirming our commitment to them and reviewing all of the safety measures we have put in place. Read the message.
I leave you today with one of the many posts at the kudoboard: “I worked in healthcare for 28 years. It is so refreshing to see that with all the changes in the system the caregivers have not changed. They remain strong, resilient and ready to meet and defeat any challenge put before them.”
Thank you for upholding the highest standards in everything that you do.
Tom Mihaljevic, MD
CEO and President
Approved Disinfectants to Use Against COVID-19
Infection Prevention has compiled a list of EPA-approved disinfectants for use against COVID-19 in clinical and non-clinical settings at all Ohio locations. Access the list under the “Additional Resources” tab in the COVID-19 toolkit.
If you see disinfectant products you may not typically use in your work space, refer to Infection Prevention’s list of approved disinfectants before selecting a product to use. Do not use a disinfectant product if it is not EPA-approved.
The list of approved disinfectants will be updated as new products become available.
Questions? Contact your local infection preventionist.
Cleveland Clinic K-12 Education Offers Free Web-Based Learning Sessions, Including COVID-19 Overview
As COVID-19 stay-at-home orders extend across the country keeping school buildings closed, Cleveland Clinic K–12 Education’s School Programs Department recognizes the increased need for online educational resources and programs. With this in mind, the team has updated its resources page with COVID-19-relevent lesson plans and related assets, and has amplified its spring schedule of connected learning offerings, giving educators opportunities to enroll in free web-based learning sessions that their students and students’ parents and guardians can then register to participate in from home.
On April 21, COVID-19 Overview: Elementary (Grades K–5) and COVID-19 Overview: Middle and High School (Grades 6–12) will give students the opportunity to join Dr. Kristin Englund from Cleveland Clinic’s Infectious Disease Department as she provides information on COVID-19, shares best safety practices, and answers questions. And special “home” editions of Health Unleashed! (Grades K–2), EXPLORERS (Grades 3–5), and Worldwide Classroom (Grades 6-12) will help students and their families stay healthy and manage stress throughout the month of April and beyond. Click on individual program links for more information.