At Walfriede in Berlin, a pandemic crisis team goes the extra mile to meet the challenges.
Walfriede Hospital, a Seventh-day Adventist medical facility in Berlin-Zehlendorf, Germany, reported that it has established a pandemic crisis team, which is working overtime to make sure it can meet the challenges posed by COVID-19 in the area. The hospital has also set up a rescue center to provide care for people suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19.
The announcement came from Bernd Quoss, CEO and president of Waldfriede Hospital, in a message to the board of directors. Quoss also reported that two coronavirus patients were in the Waldfriede intensive care unit. Adventistischer Pressedienst (APD) first reported about the two COVID-19 patients in the hospital ICU on March 18, 2020.
Meeting the Challenges
The pandemic crisis team, set up and overseen by Quoss, meets with head physician Carsten Büning to “discuss and adjust to the situation hourly.”
Every day, Walfriede has had to cancel up to 60 surgeries to take care of the surge of COVID-19 patients. The hospital also reported that outpatient treatments are substantially reduced, as a complete station is already closed and another will be turned into an isolation station.
Some patients have been discharged as soon as medically advisable, to make bed availability as high as possible, hospital leaders reported. Nurses and doctors have been recruited from other areas of the hospital to staff the rescue center and intensive care unit.
“The reason the challenge is so great,” the hospital manager said, “is that on some days, up to 30 nurses are reported sick.”
As part of these extraordinary measures, the hospital’s main meeting room is being used as the coronavirus rescue center, hospital leaders reported. Previously, it was used for multiple services, such as hospital staff meetings, training and company meetings, and even a local church community on weekends.