Managing Hospitals & Patients in a Pandemic

Managing Hospitals & Patients in a Pandemic ECHO will optimize personnel, places and other resources used for patient care and transitions at hospitals, long-term acute care facilities and rehabilitation centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This ECHO serves Kansas and Missouri through a partnership with the University of Missouri, University of Kansas, Missouri Hospital Association and Kansas Hospital Association. Click below to register. Click here to download ECHO flyer.


Goals & Objectives

Through online interactive education and discussion, participants will learn:

  1. Skills pertinent to caring for patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 infection, including patients who might normally be transferred to larger facilities due to the severity of illness.
  2. How to manage patient care by allowing providers to work at the top of their skill sets, and by reconfiguring the structure of care, including innovations in staffing patterns.
  3. How to adapt oxygen delivery devices to suit individual patient needs, including the administration of heated high flow nasal oxygen.
  4. Best practices for antiviral agents and host response modifying agents in the therapy of patients with severe COVID-19.
  5. Tools and techniques for transitioning patients to home or another appropriate facility at the correct time and with the correct supports.
  6. Optimal methods for outpatient management, especially monoclonal antibody treatment prioritization and implementation.

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion

  • Admission Criteria
  • Optimizing PPE – Infection Prevention
  • Non-Pharmacologic Management
  • Discharge
  • Tele-Management Strategies
  • Best Practice for Transitioning Patients
  • Nursing Clinical Care – Outside of Antibiotic and Oxygen Strategies
  • Ventilation vs. High Flow Nasal Oxygen
  • Staffing Solutions and Innovations
  • Environmental Services and Engineering
  • Timing and Choice of Therapeutics for the COVID Patient
    • Steroids
    • Convalescent Plasma
    • Remdesivir
    • Monoclonal Antibodies

Meet the Expert Team

Robin Trotman, DO, Infectious Disease Specialist, CoxHealth

Drew Zimmer, PharmD, BCPS, Pharmacist, CoxHealth

Andrew Hedgpeth, MBA, Vice President, Human Resources, CoxHealth

Steven Simpson, MD, Pulmonary/Critical Care Specialist, University of Kansas

Angela Kline-Couch, MBA-HC, MSN, BSN, RN, COVID Unit Director, Truman Medical Centers

Greg Simpson, RN, BSN, MHA, ICU Director, Truman Medical Centers

David Bamberger, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases, Truman Medical Centers

Han Li, MD, Hospitalist, Washington University

Shail Mehta, MD, Pulmonary/Critical Care Specialist, Washington University

Karen Braman, RPh, MS, Co-Facilitator, Kansas Hospital Association

Jessica Stultz, RN, BSN, MHA, Co-Facilitator, Missouri Hospital Association

Rachael Snyders, MPH, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Manager, Infection Prevention, BJC HealthCare

Jon Jacobs, RRT-ACCS, Respiratory Practitioner Team Leader, CoxHealth

Troy Whitacre, RRT, RRT-ACCS, Clinical Coordinator, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Care Services, University of Missouri

More experts might join as this ECHO evolves.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • No cost continuing education for professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with a multidisciplinary team of specialists
  • Patients get better care in their community
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals


This ECHO is provided in partnership with the Missouri Hospital Association, Kansas Hospital Association and KUMC Project ECHO, Institute for Community Engagement, University of Kansas Medical Center.

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