Hartford Healthcare expanding space, looking to bring back retired colleagues to deal with COVID-19

Published on Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:10
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – Hartford Healthcare has formed an alliance with Trinity College to expand its space capacity.

To be prepared for an influx of patients on all levels, Hartford Healthcare has attempted to work with its community partners to ensure the ability for expansion.

“There is communication and an agreement with Trinity College in order to facilitate if the needs arise at expansion of healthcare space, and that will be used and staffed by Hartford Healthcare and Hartford Healthcare entities,” said Keith Grant, APRN, Senior System Director for Infection Prevention, Hartford HealthCare. .

With the geographical or space expansion Hartford Healthcare is also going to need to expand its workforce.

“There are a lot of resources in the community, a lot of smart retired colleagues that we’re probably going to call on and welcome back from retirement,” Grant said.

According to Grant, the number of COVID positive cases has been increasing at an increased rate and that’s been expected.

“I don’t think we’re anywhere near flattening that curve at this point,” Grant said. “What I do expect or hope to see, and it’s hard to tell based on models that don’t exist, is that the initiative from the community perspective the social distancing, closing of social areas earlier, etc, that will have an impact and we should see that impact in two to three weeks.”

Grant encourages the community to continue to practice safe measures and appreciate healthcare providers and the great work they’re doing.

“I had a discussion this morning with a nurse and I’ve never been more proud to be a part of the healthcare community,” Grant said. “The discussion was around how much we haven’t seen our family in a very long time. So I would ask extend your appreciation to your healthcare providers. So whoever is within your family that’s a healthcare provider, appreciate how much work is being done right now to facilitate, maintain and take care of the entire community.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:10. Updated: Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:12.