Hospital Presidents: ‘Almost A War-Like Stance’ To Handle COVID-19 Cases | Meet The Press | NBC News


>>>WELCOME BACK.>>>WELCOME BACK.
IF THE THOUSANDS OF CONFIRMED IF THE THOUSANDS OF CONFIRMED
CASES OF COVID-19 TURN INTO CASES OF COVID-19 TURN INTO
MILLIONS, HOW WILL OUR HEALTH MILLIONS, HOW WILL OUR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEM MANAGE? CARE SYSTEM MANAGE?
THE STEPS WERE TAKING LIKE THE STEPS WERE TAKING LIKE
SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE ALL AN SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE ALL AN
EFFORT TO FLATTEN THE PANDEMICS EFFORT TO FLATTEN THE PANDEMICS
CURVE SO HOSPITALS ARENT CURVE SO HOSPITALS ARENT
OVERWHELMED. OVERWHELMED. THAT IS WHY THIS FLATTENING OF
THE CURVE IS SUCH A PRIORITY.F THE CURVE IS SUCH A PRIORITY.
JOINING ME IS THE PRESIDENT OF JOINING ME IS THE PRESIDENT OF
UCLA HEALTH, AND THE PRESIDENT UCLA HEALTH, AND THE PRESIDENT
OF MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL OF MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL
HOSPITAL. HOSPITAL.
WELCOME TO YOU BOTH. WELCOME TO YOU BOTH.
LET ME START WITH YOU, LET ME START WITH YOU,
DR. SLAVEN, ABOUT THE THINGS DR. SLAVEN, ABOUT THE THINGS
THAT MASS GENERAL IS DOING. THAT MASS GENERAL IS DOING.
WHEN ARE YOU PREPARING FOR WHAT WHEN ARE YOU PREPARING FOR WHAT
IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK OF THIS IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK OF THIS
CURVE, WHETHER ITS A MOUND OR A CURVE, WHETHER ITS A MOUND OR A
SPIKE, IS THIS COMING IN DAYS, SPIKE, IS THIS COMING IN DAYS,
WEEKS, WHEN DO YOU EXPECT IT? WEEKS, WHEN DO YOU EXPECT IT?
>>GOOD MORNING, CHUCK.>>GOOD MORNING, CHUCK.
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT PLACES THIS IS SOMETHING THAT PLACES
LIKE MASS GENERAL AND HOSPITALS LIKE MASS GENERAL AND HOSPITALS
AROUND THE COUNTRY DO ON A DAILY AROUND THE COUNTRY DO ON A DAILY
BASIS ON A SMALL SCALE. BASIS ON A SMALL SCALE.
WE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR WE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR
DISASTERS FOR OVER 100 YEARS, DISASTERS FOR OVER 100 YEARS,
AND FOR THIS PARTICULAR ONE OVER AND FOR THIS PARTICULAR ONE OVER
THE LAST TWO MONTHS. THE LAST TWO MONTHS.
WERE TAKING A VARIETY OF STEPS WERE TAKING A VARIETY OF STEPS
TO GET READY. TO GET READY.
WE, LIKE OTHER PARTS OF THE WE, LIKE OTHER PARTS OF THE
SOCIETY, ARE PROMOTING SOCIAL SOCIETY, ARE PROMOTING SOCIAL
DISTANCING, ASKING OUR STAFF WHO DISTANCING, ASKING OUR STAFF WHO
CAN STAY AT HOME TO STAY AT CAN STAY AT HOME TO STAY AT
HOME, CANCELING ELECTIVE SURGERY HOME, CANCELING ELECTIVE SURGERY
AND TRYING TO DO AS MUCH AND TRYING TO DO AS MUCH
OUTPATIENT CARE THROUGH TELE OUTPATIENT CARE THROUGH TELE
MEDICINE, PARTICULARLY FOR MEDICINE, PARTICULARLY FOR
VULMURRABLE POPULATIONS AND VULMURRABLE POPULATIONS AND
WERE TRAINING OUR STAFF AND WERE TRAINING OUR STAFF AND
GETTING READY TO ENGAGE IN THIS GETTING READY TO ENGAGE IN THIS
DIFFICULT CHALLENGE THAT LIES DIFFICULT CHALLENGE THAT LIES
AHEAD. AHEAD.>>DO YOU HAVE A TIMEFRAME AT>>DO YOU HAVE A TIMEFRAME AT ALL THAT YOUR EXPERTS ARE ALL THAT YOUR EXPERTS ARE TELLING YOU BASED ON WHAT THEY TELLING YOU BASED ON WHAT THEY THINK IS HAPPENING IN NEW
ENGLAND. HAPPENING IN NEW ENGLAND.>>WE THINK THAT THE NEXT WEEK>>WE THINK THAT THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO ARE GOING TO BE CRITICAL.
WE HAVE BEGUN TO SEE CASES INAL. WE HAVE BEGUN TO SEE CASES IN
THIS AREA BUT WE EXPECT THEM TO THIS AREA BUT WE EXPECT THEM TO
RISE DRAMATICALLY IN THE NEXT RISE DRAMATICALLY IN THE NEXT
COUPLE WEEKS. COUPLE WEEKS.
>>YOU HAVE HAD THE WEST COAST>>YOU HAVE HAD THE WEST COAST
DEALING WITH THIS A LITTLE DEALING WITH THIS A LITTLE
LONGER THAN THE EAST COAST. LONGER THAN THE EAST COAST.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED OVER THE WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED OVER THE
LAST SIX WEEKS THAT TELLS YOU LAST SIX WEEKS THAT TELLS YOU
WHAT WE SHOULD BE EXPECTING OVER WHAT WE SHOULD BE EXPECTING OVER
THE NEXT SIX WEEKS? THE NEXT SIX WEEKS?
>>WELL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING>>WELL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING
ME. ME. I WANT TO FIRST START BY SAYING I WANT TO FIRST START BY SAYING THIS IS DEFINITELY AN
UNPRECEDENTED TIME FOR HEALTH UNPRECEDENTED TIME FOR HEALTH
CARE SYSTEMS IN OUR COUNTRY. CARE SYSTEMS IN OUR COUNTRY.
BUT CHUCK, I WANT YOUR VIEWERS BUT CHUCK, I WANT YOUR VIEWERS
TO ALSO KNOW THE REMARKABLE TO ALSO KNOW THE REMARKABLE
EFFORT THAT OUR STAFF ARE MAKING EFFORT THAT OUR STAFF ARE MAKING
AROUND THE CLOCK TO REALLY AROUND THE CLOCK TO REALLY
PREPARE AND IMPLEMENT OUR PREPARE AND IMPLEMENT OUR
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR
THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK. THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK.
AND ALL OF THIS IS REALLY AND ALL OF THIS IS REALLY
CONSISTENT WITH OUR MISSION OF CONSISTENT WITH OUR MISSION OF
AN ACADEMIC HEALTH SYSTEM TO AN ACADEMIC HEALTH SYSTEM TO
REALLY TREAT THE MOST COMPLEX REALLY TREAT THE MOST COMPLEX
INJURY AND ILLNESS WE SEE WITH INJURY AND ILLNESS WE SEE WITH
OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS TO REALLY OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS TO REALLY
TRAIN THAT NEXT GENERATION OF TRAIN THAT NEXT GENERATION OF
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ON HOW HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ON HOW
TO FACE THESE OUTBREAKS AND TO TO FACE THESE OUTBREAKS AND TO
CONDUCT THAT LEADING EDGE CONDUCT THAT LEADING EDGE
RESEARCH AND DISCOVERY THAT RESEARCH AND DISCOVERY THAT
HOPEFULLY WILL LEAD TO MORE HOPEFULLY WILL LEAD TO MORE
CURES. CURES. SO WE FOCUSED ON, IN ADDITION TO SO WE FOCUSED ON, IN ADDITION TO ALL THE THINGS THAT PETER
MENTIONED, OUR BIG FOCUS HAS MENTIONED, OUR BIG FOCUS HAS
BEEN HOW DO WE ESTABLISH SURGE BEEN HOW DO WE ESTABLISH SURGE
CAPACITY, RECOGNIZING THAT MOST CAPACITY, RECOGNIZING THAT MOST
OF OUR HOSPITALS ARE FULL. OF OUR HOSPITALS ARE FULL.
SO OUR EFFORTS HAVE LOOKED AT SO OUR EFFORTS HAVE LOOKED AT
REALLY HOW WE CAN CREATE REALLY HOW WE CAN CREATE
ADDITIONAL PLACES TO CARE FOR ADDITIONAL PLACES TO CARE FOR
PATIENTS. PATIENTS. IF YOU GO PAST OUR EMERGENCY IF YOU GO PAST OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT NOW, YOULL SEE TENTS
ERECTED IN THE PARKING LOT THAT ERECTED IN THE PARKING LOT THAT
ALLOW US TO INCREASE EMERGENCY ALLOW US TO INCREASE EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT CAPACITY. DEPARTMENT CAPACITY.
THROUGHOUT OUR 180 CLINICS THROUGHOUT OUR 180 CLINICS
THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES AND THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES AND
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, WERE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, WERE
ENCOURAGING TELEMEDICINE VISITS ENCOURAGING TELEMEDICINE VISITS
SO WE CAN CREATE ADDITIONAL SO WE CAN CREATE ADDITIONAL
CAPACITY THERE. CAPACITY THERE. WE SET UP A SATELLITE WE SET UP A SATELLITE DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING STATION.
WE WERE FORTUNATE AT UCLATION. WE WERE FORTUNATE AT UCLA
HEALTH, OUR VIROLOGY LAB WAS ONE HEALTH, OUR VIROLOGY LAB WAS ONE
OF THE FIRST TO START TESTING OF THE FIRST TO START TESTING
AND DOING OUR OWN TESTS THAT AND DOING OUR OWN TESTS THAT
REALLY SAVE US TIME. REALLY SAVE US TIME.
WERE HOPING TO CONTINUE TO WERE HOPING TO CONTINUE TO
INCREASE CAPACITY, AND HAVING INCREASE CAPACITY, AND HAVING
THAT DRIVE-THROUGH AREA ALLOWS THAT DRIVE-THROUGH AREA ALLOWS
US TO REALLY CONTAIN PATIENTS US TO REALLY CONTAIN PATIENTS
FROM COMING IN TO OUR MAIN FROM COMING IN TO OUR MAIN
HOSPITALS WHERE OUR MOST SICK HOSPITALS WHERE OUR MOST SICK
PATIENTS ARE. PATIENTS ARE.
>>DOCTOR, IT SEEMS AS IF THE>>DOCTOR, IT SEEMS AS IF THE
THING WE KEEPS HEARING ABOUT, THING WE KEEPS HEARING ABOUT,
RESPIRATORS AND VENTILATORS, THE RESPIRATORS AND VENTILATORS, THE
HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT HEALTH HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT HEALTH
CARE WORKERS NEED TO TREAT CARE WORKERS NEED TO TREAT
FOLKS, AND VENTILATORS BECAUSE FOLKS, AND VENTILATORS BECAUSE
IF IT GETS REALLY — THIS IS ONE IF IT GETS REALLY — THIS IS ONE
OF THE THINGS WITH BREATHING OF THE THINGS WITH BREATHING
ISSUES FOR THOSE THAT ARE ISSUES FOR THOSE THAT ARE
ELDERLY. ELDERLY. WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS? WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS? HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED UP ENOUGH ON THIS FRONT? STEPPED UP ENOUGH ON THIS FRONT?>>MY CONCERN IS I THINK WE NEED
TO THINK ABOUT THIS IN ALMOST AD TO THINK ABOUT THIS IN ALMOST A
WAR-LIKE STANCE. WAR-LIKE STANCE. MY CONCERN IS THAT WE HAVE
MILLIONS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS MILLIONS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS
AROUND THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE AROUND THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE
PREPARED TO DO BATTLE AGAINST PREPARED TO DO BATTLE AGAINST
THIS VIRUS BUT IM CONCERNED THIS VIRUS BUT IM CONCERNED
THERE ARE AT LEAST A COUPLE THERE ARE AT LEAST A COUPLE
AREAS OF SUPPLIES THEY NEED IN AREAS OF SUPPLIES THEY NEED IN
ORDER TO FIGHT THAT VIRUS AS ORDER TO FIGHT THAT VIRUS AS
EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE. EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE.
ONE IS THE TESTING WE NEED, AND ONE IS THE TESTING WE NEED, AND
DR. FAUCI COMMENTED ON THAT, AND DR. FAUCI COMMENTED ON THAT, AND
I HOPE INDEED THAT PRIVATE LABS I HOPE INDEED THAT PRIVATE LABS
ARE GOING TO RAMP UP TESTING. ARE GOING TO RAMP UP TESTING.
WE STARTED AT MASS GENERAL TO WE STARTED AT MASS GENERAL TO
INCREASE OUR TESTING AS OF INCREASE OUR TESTING AS OF
YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY.>>WHY WAS IT YESTERDAY?>>WHY WAS IT YESTERDAY? WHY WASNT THIS SIX WEEKS AGO?
CAN YOU HELP EXPLAIN TO VIEWERS CAN YOU HELP EXPLAIN TO VIEWERS
WHY YOUR LAB — AND I TALKED TO WHY YOUR LAB — AND I TALKED TO
JOHNESE ABOUT THIS EARLIER, THEY JOHNESE ABOUT THIS EARLIER, THEY
GOT ONLINE LAST WEEK, TOO. GOT ONLINE LAST WEEK, TOO.
WHY DID THESE PRIVATE FACILITIES WHY DID THESE PRIVATE FACILITIES
TAKE SO LONG TO GET ONLINE? TAKE SO LONG TO GET ONLINE?
>>IT WAS JUST A DAY BEFORE>>IT WAS JUST A DAY BEFORE
YESTERDAY THAT WE GOT REGULATORY YESTERDAY THAT WE GOT REGULATORY
RELIEF FROM THE FDA SO WE DIRDDN RELIEF FROM THE FDA SO WE DIRDDN
HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS. HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS.
THE FDA RELAXED ITS REGULATIONS THE FDA RELAXED ITS REGULATIONS
SO WE COULD BEGIN TESTING SO WE COULD BEGIN TESTING
IMMEDIATELY. IMMEDIATELY. MY OTHER BIG CONCERN IS PERSONAL
TESTING EQUIPMENT.RN IS PERSONAL TESTING EQUIPMENT.
EVEN BEFORE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVEN BEFORE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT
BATTLES LIE AHEAD, OUR SUPPLIES BATTLES LIE AHEAD, OUR SUPPLIES
ARE LOW. ARE LOW. I HEARD FROM HOSPITALS AROUND I HEARD FROM HOSPITALS AROUND OUR REGION AND OUR COUNTRY THAT OUR REGION AND OUR COUNTRY THAT THEIR SUPPLIES ARE LOW. THEIR SUPPLIES ARE LOW. AND WE NEED THE FEDERAL AND WE NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE IN A GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE IN A MANHATTAN PROJECT, TO GET
INDUSTRY TO CREATE SURGICAL INDUSTRY TO CREATE SURGICAL
MASKS, EYE PROTECTION DEVICES, MASKS, EYE PROTECTION DEVICES,
GOWNS, SORE OUR HEALTH CARE GOWNS, SORE OUR HEALTH CARE
WORKERS CAN ENGAGE IN THIS WORKERS CAN ENGAGE IN THIS
BATTLE. BATTLE. WE WOULDNT WANT TO SEND WE WOULDNT WANT TO SEND SOLDIERS INTO WAR WITHOUT SOLDIERS INTO WAR WITHOUT HELMETS AND ARMOR. HELMETS AND ARMOR.>>LAST QUESTION FOR YOU.>>LAST QUESTION FOR YOU. ONE THING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ONE THING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HASNT DONE YET THAT YOU WOULD HASNT DONE YET THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM STEP UP AND DO. LIKE TO SEE THEM STEP UP AND DO.>>AGAIN, I WOULD ECHO WHAT>>AGAIN, I WOULD ECHO WHAT PETER HAS MENTIONED ABOUT PETER HAS MENTIONED ABOUT SUPPLIES. SUPPLIES. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO KEEP OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS KEEP OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND OUR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
SAFE.UR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES SAFE.>>JOHNESE AND PETER, GOOD LUCK>>JOHNESE AND PETER, GOOD LUCK OVER THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS AND OVER THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS AND PERHAPS COUPLE OF MONTH. PERHAPS COUPLE OF MONTH. I KNOW WERE ALL HOPING YOU CAN I KNOW WERE ALL HOPING YOU CAN HANDLE THIS SURGE CAPACITY. HANDLE THIS SURGE CAPACITY. THANK YOU MUCH. THANK YOU MUCH.>>FOR THE LATEST ON THE>>FOR THE LATEST ON THE CORONAVIRUS, FOLLOW THE LIVE
BLOG ON NBCNEWS.COM/CORONAVIRUS. BLOG ON NBCNEWS.COM/CORONAVIRUS.
>>WHEN WE COME BACK, PRESIDENT>>WHEN WE COME BACK, PRESIDENT
TRUMP SAYS HES DOING A TERRIFIC TRUMP SAYS HES DOING A TERRIFIC
JOB CONFRONTING THE CRISIS. JOB CONFRONTING THE CRISIS.
IS HE? IS HE? PANEL IS NEXT.

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