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“We’re in much better condition now than we were in the spring," says Stamford Heath President and CEO Kathleen Silard.
Although Stamford has long led the state in COVID cases, becoming the first Connecticut municipality to top 3,000 last week, the hospital has been seeing a steady reduction in hospitalizations for the past several weeks, from a high of 149 coronavirus patients on April 14 to less than 50 now.
None of the affected workers are involved in current patient care or COVID-19 operations. Instead, the organization said, many worked in areas that are closed or experienced a significant reduction in operations due to social distancing requirements and/or public health mandates and guidelines specific to health systems.
A continued decline in COVID-19-related hospitalizations is giving hope that the state is on the downside of the coronavirus curve, Gov. Ned Lamont said today, even as positive cases rose by over 800 and another 125 deaths were recorded.
Approximately 1,033 patients have been hospitalized, and statewide fatalities now stand at 165, with Fairfield County accounting for 86 of those deaths.
Kathleen Silard joined Stamford Health in 2003 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was named president and CEO last year.
When it comes to mega-mergers, count Stamford out, says CEO Kathleen Silard: “We are driven by a desire to operate in the best interests of our community, which means not taking directions from a big office located somewhere else."
Having worked as a registered nurse “helps me understand the needs of the organization through the lens of a clinician," says new President and CEO Kathleen Silard. "I’ve been at the bedside, and recognize the challenges that can be involved in caring for patients. It can be a tough job.”
Kathleen Silard led the organization’s facility master planning and was instrumental in opening the new Stamford Hospital on time and under budget in 2016.