A Western Massachusetts hospital system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic





COVID-19, critical care surge, disaster medicine, pandemic


Objective: The objective of this paper was to outline a novel model created for the management of the critical care surge due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Western Massachusetts hospital.

Setting: This model was created and implemented at a Western Massachusetts Level 1 Trauma and tertiary referral center.

Conclusions: This article outlines a model devised by an interdisciplinary team for rapid expansion of critical care services by increasing allocated space, staffing, and supplies via modifications of existing systems of care to accommodate a predicted large critical care patient surge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We predict that this model can be utilized and adapted for future critical care surges in times of similar pandemic situations.

Author Biographies

Nikita Ramanathan, MD, MM

Department of Surgery, Baystate Medical Center, University of Massachusetts, Springfield, Massachusetts

Reginald Alouidor, MD, FACS

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Springfield, Massachusetts; Department of Surgery, Baystate Medical Center, University of Massachusetts, Springfield, Massachusetts

Kristina Kramer, MD

Department of Surgery, Baystate Medical Center, University of Massachusetts, Springfield, Massachusetts

Tyler Putnam, MD, FACS, FCCM

Department of Surgery, Baystate Medical Center, University of Massachusetts, Springfield, Massachusetts


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How to Cite

Ramanathan, MD, MM, N., R. Alouidor, MD, FACS, K. Kramer, MD, and T. Putnam, MD, FACS, FCCM. “A Western Massachusetts Hospital system’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 16, no. 1, Jan. 2021, pp. 13-24, doi:10.5055/ajdm.2021.0382.