Tales of a department: How the COVID-19 pandemic transformed Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, Department of Neurology - Part I: The surge
Ramadan AR, Alsrouji OK, Cerghet M, Chopp M, Danoun O, Grover KM, Ismail M, Katramados AM, Mohamed GA, Mehta CB, Newman DS, Osman G, Reuther J, Sallowm Y, Zaman IF, and Barkley GL. Tales of a department: How the COVID-19 pandemic transformed Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, Department of Neurology - Part I: The surge. BMJ Neurology Open 2020; 2(1).
BMJ Neurology Open
The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the way healthcare systems operate around the world. The major hurdles faced have been availability of personal protective equipment, intensive care unit beds, ventilators, treatments and medical personnel. Detroit, Michigan has been an epidemic ‘hotspot’ in the USA with Wayne County among the hardest hit counties in the nation. The Department of Neurology at Henry Ford Hospital, in the heart of Detroit, has responded effectively to the pandemic by altering many aspects of its operations. The rapid engagement of the department and enhanced utilisation of teleneurology were two of the pivotal elements in the successful response to the pandemic. In this review, we describe the transformation our department has undergone, as it relates to its infrastructure redesigning, coverage restructuring, redeployment strategies, medical education adaptations and novel research initiatives.