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UCI Health Leadership Update

Section 1

July 1, 2020

Dear colleagues,

I want to start today’s update by thanking our dedicated and talented team of experts leading our surge preparedness and response efforts. As mentioned last week, we have several workgroups working day and night to ensure we are well prepared for challenges ahead.

June has truly been our busiest month since the start of the pandemic. Last month, UCI Health admitted more than 180 COVID-positive patients. In addition, we have tested more than 4,470 patients via drive-up testing at three locations, and have cared for 38,694 ambulatory patients in-person and 12,310 via telehealth. We have also seen an increase in our call volume. Our patient access center received more than 79,280 calls, and received more than 2,220 of COVID-related calls. This volume may continue to increase over the next several weeks as a result of the holiday weekend.

In early April, two surge tents were installed outside of DH 12 and the DH west entrance to be readied for triage, ED overflow and additional patient care space, as needed. These tents will be re-deployed tomorrow as a contingency ahead of the long holiday weekend. The hospital incident command team for COVID planning will make recommendations for their use.

I want to reassure you that the safety of our health care team, patients and the community we serve remains the top priority. Stay tuned for more surge plan announcements in the coming weeks.

Please take a moment to read today’s updates:

Medical Center Holiday Parking

On Friday, July 3, there will be no staff parking at Christ Cathedral Catholic Church or the Orangewood parking lot – no shuttles will be in operation. Alternatively, you may park in any AP permit stalls or the south parking structure at no charge for the entire day.

Please contact Parking and Transportation Services at 714-456-5636 if you have any questions.

Share Your Story

Share a story or recognize a colleague by sending a submission through this form. We look forward to hearing about all of your heroic efforts.

All updated COVID-19 information and response efforts remain available on this dedicated SharePoint site.

COVID-19 status

  • COVID-19+ individuals (cumulative total): 1,144
  • COVID-19+ patients in-house: 69
  • COVID-19+ patients discharged: 262
  • COVID-19 PUIs: 0
  • COVID-19 + co-workers: 135
  • COVID-19 + co-workers returned to work: 100

PPE status

  • Regular masks: ~90 days on hand
  • N95s: ~30 days on hand

Trusted Resources

The UCI Human Resources Department has developed a coronavirus resources page that includes information about travel, telecommuting, child/elder care and more: https://hr.uci.edu/disaster-relief/corona-virus.php

Staff can contact any of the following resources with questions/concerns:
UCI Coronavirus Response Center: 949-824-9918 or covid19@uci.edu
Employee Experience Center: eec.hr.uci.edu or 949-824-0500 or eec@uci.edu
Contact your HR Business Partner (HRBP)

For UCI Health staff that are working from home, Information Services has put together a site to assist you with telecommuting. Please visit http://it.health.uci.edu/telecommuting/ for walkthroughs, help, and other tips and tricks related to telecommuting at UCI Health.

UC Health COVID-19 site
OC Health Care Agency COVID-19 updates
California Department of Public Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization


Chad T. Lefteris
CEO, UCI Health