b'20CONCORD HOSPITAL TRUSTConcord Hospital Facility OperationsCalled on as never before in response to COVID-19Facility Operations ensures that the healthcareThe Facilities staff response was incredible During the COVID-19 pandemic,environment is appropriate for the care andand very much the reason for our success, safety of patients, staff and visitors. Preparingsaid Brisson. The pandemic impacted ourConcord Hospital Facility Operations employees for an infectious viral respiratory illness likephysical environment in ways that we never COVID-19 required many rapid changes. really imagined, so being able to temporarily renovate or expand a space in a short periodwere called upon as never before, The Hospitals carpentry shop made inserts toof time was impressive work to witness.replace windows in 38 temporary negativebuilding dozens of negative pressure /isolation rooms, pressure/isolation rooms so filtered airBrisson said she looks forward to building could vent outside and not escape into theupon new relationships made at the Hospitala COVID-19 testing area and erecting large tents Intensive Care Unit and other Hospital patientduring the COVID-19 response to help care units. Anterooms were built next to themaintain COVID readiness and prepare forto ensure the Hospital systems were not overwhelmed isolation rooms to provide a safe place forconverting to a new normal afterward.providers to put on and take off protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, masks andI feel fortunate to be able to be part ofby a potential surge of critically ill patients. face shields. the solution and to be able to have direct influence on space for our community to Mindful of how important natural light is toreceive the absolute best care, she said. help healing, Facility Operations carpentersThats pretty powerful. included Plexiglas windows in the new window inserts. They also added windows to Employees in Concord Hospital Facilitythe anterooms, so nurses and doctors could Operations are used to being called on, onobserve patients without having to enter the short notice, to care for Hospital systemsisolation rooms.like electricity, heat, air conditioning andThe work was pretty rapid, Brisson said. It plumbing so healthcare providers can carecould include building nine isolation rooms in for patients. a few daysand anterooms.During the COVID-19 pandemic, they were called on as never before, building dozens of negative pressure/isolation rooms, building a COVID-19 testing area near the Emergency Department, erecting large tents for outside screening, testing and triage and ensuring that Hospital systems were not overwhelmed by a potential surge of critically ill patients. They also volunteered for extra hours and worked on necessary routine tasks and projects already underway when the pandemic strucksuch as the new Memorial Medical Office Building West, which opened in June.It definitely was intense in that we had toOften, the extra work was completed with complete a lot of work in a short period offewer workers, as some worked from home time, but also we had to balance our normalfor a portion of their hours to help reduce operations which didnt just stop, said Alisonthe number of people in the Hospital and Brisson, Concord Hospital Director of Facilitypreserve Personal Protective Equipment.Operations. We still need to maintain our mechanical systems and infrastructure in addition to responding to the emerging needs for specialized spaces.'