UCSF Health is preparing to open 46 inpatient acute care beds and seven ICU beds at its Mount Zion medical campus to help meet the anticipated surge in demand across the health system due to the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
The beds will be used to create additional inpatient and critical care capacity for UCSF Health clinicians to treat patients with COVID-19 and/or other patients who require hospitalization during this time.
The effort to activate these additional beds is well underway, including preparing the building, procuring equipment, and preparing staffing and workflows, with a target activation date of May 1, 2020. Additional updates on progress will be provided in the coming weeks.
This expansion is part of UCSF Health’s ongoing contribution to expanding the capacity in San Francisco for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. Other efforts include opening Respiratory Screening Clinics on its campuses at Parnassus, Mount Zion and Mission Bay; opening an accelerated care unit to triage emergency respiratory patients; working with outside partners to expand testing; eliminating non-urgent, elective surgeries in both the adult and children’s hospitals to expand hospital capacity, and coordination with the City of San Francisco and the Hospital Council to identify further possibilities citywide.