Yesterday Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, hosted a roundtable discussion with Orange County hospital executives to hear their experiences on the frontlines of COVID-19.
The meeting included hospital executives from: Orange County Global Medical Center, Kindred Hospital- Brea, Kaiser Permanente, Encompass Rehabilitation, St. Jude Hospital, Providence St. Joseph, Foothill Regional, Orange Coast/Saddleback Medical Centers, Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center, Kindred Hospital-Westminster, UCI Medical Center, Garden Grove & Huntington Beach Hospitals, Kindred Hospital- Santa Ana, West Anaheim Med Center/La Palma Hospital, Chapman & South Coast Global Medical Centers, and included a representative from the Orange County Medical Association. The Hospital Association of Southern California was instrumental in bringing this group together.
The hospital executives shared the importance of returning to regular procedures for residents in need of medical care, about their surge preparations, as well as their need for more Personal Protective Equipment, testing supplies, and support as hospitalizations rise and they begin to prepare for flu season.
One executive mentioned the positive results they’ve seen from the experimental drug Remdesivir as a treatment, and another said they are seeing fewer intubations and less use of ventilators as they learn and improve their response.
“We will continue to work together with hospitals and our health care agency staff to ensure our frontline medical professionals have what they need to treat patients,” said Chairwoman Steel. “We also had a robust discussion about data and will continue to work together to release more detailed and consistent and accurate information on COVID-19 hospitalizations, such as how many positive patients are hospitalized because COVID-19 as opposed to other illnesses.”
“As policy makers, we need to have the most accurate data possible when making decisions and providing transparent information to the public. These ongoing discussions with hospitals will help us do that,” Chairwoman Steel added.
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First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.