Dear Colleagues,

Starting today, Denver Health leadership has reactivated the Hospital Incident Command Structure (HICS) due to a sustained increase in the number of COVID-19 inpatients.

The purpose of this activation is to assure all groups are aware, engaged, and ready to support our response related to COVID-19 constraints and the high volumes currently being experienced at Denver Health.

A team of section chiefs has been selected to lead efforts across a range of clinical and administrative operations and you can see the details below.

Specifically, Incident Command’s objectives are as follows:

  • To implement the Governor’s new executive orders regarding crisis standards of care, and to coordinate with the State’s combined hospital transfer center to enable patients to be placed in hospitals according to capacity, resources and patient needs.

  • To ensure that appropriate resources and supplies, are made available to care for patients and to support staff and the wider community.

  • Identify unmet staffing needs, convene a labor pool for internal supplementation of needed roles, and make external requests to manage gaps.

More details will follow in the coming days as we confirm other actions, and communications to keep staff aware of the Incident Command activation. You can also find more information on the Hospital Incident Command subsite on the Pulse.

Thank you for your support.

Kris Gaw, MBA

Chief Operating Officer and Joint Hospital Incident Commander

Connie Price, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Joint Hospital Incident Commander

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