Galang COVID-19 hospital ready to admit TKI, ease burden on regional hospitals

first_imgThe returnees would first be quarantined at the Galang hospital and then transported back to their hometowns once they were declared healthy and free of the virus, said Margono, who led the hospital’s development project.”So the TKI will be placed under quarantine at the hospital. If some are sick, they can be treated directly at the hospital,” Margono said. He added that the hospital would be treating any sick returnees to ease the burden on many hospitals in the regions, which had been overwhelmed by thousands of returning TKI.Indonesian migrant workers typically return through Riau Islands province, including the islands of Karimun, Tanjungpinang and Batam. The purpose-built Galang Island COVID-19 Specialty Hospital opened on Monday in Batam, Riau Islands province, but has yet to admit any patients, as it needs to test its medical equipment and ready its medical staff.Indonesian Military Regional Defense Joint Command I (Kogabwilhan I) commander Vice Adm. Yudo Margono said during the hospital’s inauguration ceremony on Monday that the new hospital would prioritize returning migrant workers (TKI), as Indonesia expected an influx of its nationals to come home from Malaysia. The hospital wing that has opened was completed by the Public Works and Housing Ministry in the first phase of the project, and is designed specifically as an observation, quarantine and treatment facility for infectious diseases. The wing has 360 beds, with another 1,000 beds to be added upon completion of the second development phase.Galang hospital, which occupies the 16-hectare site of a former camp for Vietnamese refugees fleeing the Vietnam War, has been built using modular architectural designs and consists of three zones. Zone A contains supporting facilities, including a dormitory for hospital staff and management that is equipped with 158 beds, a laundry room, a sterilization room and a pharmacy.Zone B is a patient ward comprising a 20-bed intensive care unit (ICU) and 340 beds for monitoring patients. It also has a laboratory, a storage room for mobile roentgen equipment, a kitchen, a waste management facility and a clean water facility. Meanwhile, Zone C is intended for use in providing supporting services to the two other zones.As for equipment, Galang hospital has 20 ambulances, four trucks, four minibuses, 2,000 protective personal equipment (PPE) and 5,000 medical masks.The newly built hospital has a staff 247 personnel consisting of doctors, nurses, paramedics and nonmedical workers, all of who have been trained to support the specialty hospital’s operation. The hospital staff consists of personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police and the Riau Islands provincial administration, as well as volunteers.The hospital was developed under joint supervision of the public works ministry and the Riau Islands administration. State-owned developers PT Waskita Karya and PT Wijaya Karya oversaw its construction, along with PT Virama Karya as project management consultant. (roi)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $25 Million Federal Investment in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health System

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces $25 Million Federal Investment in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health System Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Results Harrisburg, PA –  As in other states across the nation, providing access to quality health care for Pennsylvanians residing in rural communities has become increasing challenging. Since 1990, health outcomes in rural communities across America have deteriorated. While people living in urban areas have seen better health outcomes and an improved access to care, those in rural areas face much starker health challenges.For the past 18 months, the Wolf administration has been developing a plan to transform rural health across Pennsylvania.  Earlier this year Pennsylvania submitted a plan to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to implement a Rural Health Transformation Initiative. The federal government reviewed Pennsylvania’s proposal and today announced that they would grant Pennsylvania a $25 million grant to put this model into place.“Today, I am proud to announce that the federal government has awarded Pennsylvania a $25 million grant to enact our initiative to transform rural health,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The Pennsylvania Rural Health Transformation Initiative is designed to address the challenges faced by rural hospitals and promote a transition to higher quality, integrated and value-based care through several changes to the current model. This will improve health outcomes in rural areas, which face significant challenges and have been especially hard hit by the opioid and heroin epidemic. Rural hospitals are the economic engines of many of these communities and the success of health care in our rural communities impacts every Pennsylvanian.”The goals of this new rural health model are to improve population health and quality of care that is delivered locally and to enable rural hospitals to move toward greater financial sustainability through an all-payer global budget model.‘Shortly after Governor Wolf took office and we assessed the state, it became clear to us that our rural hospitals, like those across the nation, were challenged,” said Secretary Karen Murphy. “It also quickly became clear that all health outcomes – particularly opioid and heroin addiction   – were significantly worse in rural communities. We believe that the Pennsylvania Rural Health Transformation Initiative will help the incredibly committed, rural health-care leaders and health-care workers improve the overall health of their communities.”“CMS looks forward to teaming with Pennsylvania health officials on the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model.  We believe it represents a historic opportunity for rural hospitals, which through the model will be able to improve the quality of care they provide to their patients and help address the underlying health needs in their communities,” said Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer. “Also, the model will help rural hospitals remain financially viable and continue to provide essential services to the people in their communities.”“The Pennsylvania Rural Health Transformation is an incredibly innovative payment model that will strengthen hospitals across the Commonwealth by creating a path to sustainability for struggling rural hospitals,” said Geisinger CEO David Feinberg. “We at Geisinger applaud State Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy and her leadership in transforming health care delivery models to better meet the needs of our patients.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: January 12, 2017last_img read more