Role of hospitalists in an offsite alternate care center (ACC) for pandemic flu

Authors

  • Christopher S. Kim MD, MBA,

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    1. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    2. Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Internal Medicine, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan Medical School, Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, 3119 Taubman Center, Box 5376, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5376
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  • James C. Pile MD,

    1. Division of Hospital Medicine, Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
    2. Division of Infectious Diseases, Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
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  • Marie M. Lozon MD,

    1. Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    2. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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  • William M. Wilkerson MD,

    1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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  • Carrie M. Wright BA, MS,

    1. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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  • Sandro Cinti MD

    1. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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  • Disclosure: Nothing to report.

Abstract

Recent concerns about an influenza pandemic have highlighted the need to plan for offsite Alternate Care Centers (ACCs). The likelihood of a successful response to patient surges will depend on the local health systems' ability to prepare well in advance of an influenza pandemic. Our health system has worked closely with our state's medical biodefense network to plan the establishment of an ACC for an influenza pandemic. As hospitalists have expanded their roles in their local health systems, they are poised to play a major role in planning for the next influenza pandemic. Hospitalists should work with their health system's administration in developing an ACC plan. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2009;4:546–549. © 2009 Society of Hospital Medicine.

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