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Operational Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic at Allegheny General Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cianci, Nolan (2021) Operational Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic at Allegheny General Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA). Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Healthcare institutions are complex organizations that require capable and agile leadership to navigate the intricacies that are faced on a daily basis. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced hospital leadership to respond with the same agility and expertise that places an emphasis on the safety and well-being of the patient and staff. At Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, nursing leadership was responsible for the operational response to the pandemic and worked closely with departments throughout the hospital to ensure the safety of all that entered the hospital.
Considerations surrounding space planning, staffing, personal protective equipment, and cross-functional department involvement helped to create a comprehensive plan to quickly prepare for the virus to infiltrate the hospital. Led by the Chief Nursing Officer and Directors of Nursing, the response required a diligent meeting cadence, collaboration across departments, and a sense of urgency to allow AGH to be prepared for any imminent danger posed by the virus. The planning and initial response spanned the timeline of about a month and a half from late March to mid-May.
Hospital operations and surge planning efforts held significant public health relevance in the country’s response to COVID-19. Although it’s difficult to determine success throughout a deadly pandemic that has claimed many innocent lives, AGH’s pandemic response is largely deemed a pandemic surge planning and bed capacity success story. Though many obstacles were presented, the nursing administration and other stakeholders addressed concerns adequately, and made facility and staffing provisions that has allowed staff the ability to perform their life-saving work successfully throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cianci, Nolannmc70@pitt.edunmc70
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBroom, Kevinkevinbroom@pitt.edukevinbroomUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBeach, Michaelbeachm@pitt.edubeachmUNSPECIFIED
Date: 10 May 2021
Date Type: Completion
Approval Date: 10 May 2021
Submission Date: 27 April 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 51
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hospital operations, COVID-19, surge planning, bed capacity, emergency planning
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 21:13
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 21:13


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