Red Benchmark for Health Systems
Joint Statement from Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and The University of Tennessee Medical Center About Red Benchmark for Health Systems
KNOXVILLE, TENN. (Dec. 7, 2020) – On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, the Knox County Health Department indicated a red benchmark for our region’s hospitals; indicating that the resources of area hospitals are being challenged by our current inpatient volumes. While reaching this red benchmark is serious, first and foremost, all of our hospital systems – Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare, and The University of Tennessee Medical Center – want to assure our community that our facilities are open and safe to visit should individuals need medical care.
Our health systems are continuing to work together to care for all patients who need us, not just those with COVID-19. If an individual or a loved one needs medical care for situations such as heart disease, surgery, traumas and injuries and other major illnesses, please do not delay coming to any one of our health systems. Our facilities are safe for patients to come in for a visit, and we offer telehealth services, when possible.
On a most frequent basis, our health systems are working collaboratively and individually to assure that we continue to do everything we can to meet all our community’s and region’s healthcare needs. As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in our region, we need everyone to do his/her part to slow the spread of the virus.
We understand many are experiencing COVID-19 messaging fatigue, but now – more than ever – it is imperative for us to consider how our actions affect others. Keeping up with COVID-19 preventative behaviors will be beneficial to your health and the health of your neighbors.
Therefore, we continue to urge everyone in our communities to work together to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by following the Five Core Actions recommended by the Knox County Health Department and our health systems:
- Practice physical distancing (stay six feet apart and limit social gatherings).
- Wear a mask or cloth face coverings.
- Practice proper handwashing.
- Clean/sanitize surfaces.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Our proactive efforts as a healthcare community are ongoing in the management of COVID-19 and we are continuing to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, as well as our organizations’ safety protocols. The number of hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators fluctuates frequently depending on patient census and other factors. This data only represents a moment in time, becoming outdated almost as soon as it’s released. We understand the importance of this information and the Knox County Health Department’s Data and Benchmarks website page provides the best snapshot of current regional hospital capacity.
Now is the time to come together as a community and do all that we can to help keep everyone safe. Thank you in advance.