Joseph FX Casey
President & CEO
The novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, has become the nightly news lead and the prime topic of conversation at many social gatherings, often encouraging uninformed speculation and hyperbole. As the local acute care hospital and area medical group provider, Sturdy recognizes our responsibility to not only understand the situation, but to be prepared to take care of our community. I want to assure all of you that we are ready to meet this challenge, should it arise.
We have comprehensive COVID-19 Task Force led by Dr. Brian Kelly, Vice President of Medical Affairs; Dr. Brian Patel, Chief of Emergency Services; and Dr. Antonella Fine, Director of Infectious Disease and Infection Control. Their goal is to ensure that our employees are able to safely care for the patients in our community. To do this requires that we provide them with the necessary education, training, and supplies, all of which are continuously being addressed by hospital leaders and overseen by the Task Force.
This is an emerging and quickly evolving situation which will require our constant attention over the coming weeks, possibly longer. We have provided our employees with accurate information related to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, as well as continuous education on our process to assist in the identification, evaluation, and management of potential patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
We know our community is counting on us to take care of them. As President and CEO, I have complete confidence in our Task Force, our clinical leaders, and in all of our employees that we will work together to protect our patients, ourselves, and the members of our community. We are capable of and prepared to handle this.
Joseph FX Casey
President and Chief Executive Officer