Colorado Hospital Association Statement on Colorado Hospital Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – March 25, 2020 – CHA is providing confirmation of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or Critical Care Unit (CCU), available and total bed counts for hospitals within Colorado. Following several recent media reports citing this information at the county level, members of the media began calling hospitals to ask for confirmation of these numbers. Hospital personnel are deeply engaged in preparedness planning at this time and asked the Association to confirm these numbers, which are based on 2018 Medicare Cost Reporting.

Members of the media and the public are reminded that some hospitals may have adjusted capacity during the past year. Further, hospitals are aggressively identifying and converting general care units to ICU beds in anticipation of greater COVID-19 surge, as well as inventorying the equipment and staff resources necessary to care for these patients. The state will continue to track ICU beds and will have real-time information when the data are complete. As such, it should be understood that the 2018 numbers reported in this spreadsheet are the baseline, not the current level of ICU and CCU beds in the state, which will now be higher.

It is important to remember that the vast majority of people who contract COVID-19 will experience only mild symptoms. Of those who have require hospitalization, some can be cared for in a general hospital setting with medications and monitoring, and some will be in critical condition and will need required critical care including ventilator support. The CDC recently released data that shows that hospitalized patients have been in all age brackets.

“As has been shared many times, this is why flattening the curve matters,” said Julie Lonborg, senior vice president, Colorado Hospital Association (CHA).  “It is possible that the current ICU bed capacity will not be sufficient to care for the number of patients that we anticipate Colorado hospitals will need to treat. That is why it is imperative that Coloradans follow all social distancing recommendations, in addition to the many efforts by Colorado hospitals and health systems to expand their current capacity and capabilities. The more we can extend the spread of this virus over multiple weeks or months, the better our hospital system can manage the needs our communities will face. It will take all of us, working together in this way, to stop the spread of this dangerous virus, protect our health care workforce and maintain the lifesaving capabilities of our health care system.”

About Colorado Hospital Association

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado.

Colorado Hospital Association Statement on Colorado Hospital Response to COVID-19 Pandemic