Essentia pitches $1B plan to add 2,500 ICU beds nationwide

” This has to do with expense performance,” Jon Pryor, MD, president of Essentias east department, informed the Star Tribune. “Its a fairly low-cost method to include ICU-capable beds” compared to upgrading existing spaces..

” This is a big proposition that may sound theoretical, however it is borne out of the experience of the pandemic,” Andrew Askew, Essentias vice president of public policy, told the Star Tribune.

The proposition has gotten assistance from 20 state legislators..

Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health is lobbying Congress for a $1 billion strategy to add ICU beds at healthcare facilities in 10 regions across the country, according to the Star Tribune..

Read the complete Star Tribune post here..

” Compared to the financial cost of trillions of dollars that the coronavirus has actually triggered, a little prevention to prepare for the next crisis is called for,” Essentias management stated in strategies shared with the Star Tribune.

The 14-hospital system is taking the lead on the ICU Readiness Fund proposal, which calls for sending $100 million to medical facilities under construction in the 10 areas, including the health center Essentia is developing in Duluth. The strategy would add 2,500 ICU-capable beds, and the health centers getting the federal funds would serve as local care centers when capacity is strained..

More articles on health care finance: 7 health systems with strong financesHospitals desire renovate in site-neutral payment caseTower Healths operating loss more than doubles.

Essentia has connected to several health systems that are developing healthcare facilities and has seen some interest, according to the report..

” This is a huge proposal that may sound theoretical, but it is borne out of the experience of the pandemic,” Andrew Askew, Essentias vice president of public policy, told the Star Tribune. © Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2020. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this material?

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2020. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this material? View our policies by click on this link.