IHA Daily Briefing: May 21

Thursday, May 21, 2020
IHA Video: IL Hospitals Are Heroes in COVID-19 Fight
Illinois and National COVID-19 Update
IDPH Interim Guidance on MIS-C Associated with COVID-19
Register for Free IHA Webinars on Managing Hypertension

IHA Video: IL Hospitals Are Heroes in COVID-19 Fight
Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals, nearly 40 health systems and 285,000 healthcare professionals have come together during COVID-19 with extraordinary conviction to achieve one powerful goal: going the distance for patients and communities.

We encourage IHA members to view and share our “Going the Distance” video, developed to showcase the tremendous efforts of hospitals and health systems across the state. The video is on our Healthcare Heroes webpage featuring stories hospitals and health systems submitted. It is part of our broader “Going the Distance” digital campaign, which includes social media.

Set to upbeat music, the video pans across images of frontline staff, hospital leaders and staff in supporting roles across organizations. They hold up signs that highlight their important role in fighting COVID-19 and the determination it takes to go the distance.

Displaying their strength, frontline staff pose flexing their muscles. Also in the video, you’ll see a thank you sign from the Chicago Cubs on the Wrigley Field billboard and a garden of faux yellow flowers planted for each COVID-19 patient discharged and healing and home. Capping off the video are moving scenes of discharged patients as hospital staff gather and cheer.

At IHA, we’re cheering for you. On behalf of IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA thanks all Illinois healthcare heroes during this unprecedented fight.

Please see our “Going the Distance” video. To submit your stories, photos and videos, please contact Valerie Culver, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications and Marketing, at vculver@team-iha.org or 630-276-5526.

Illinois and National COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,268 new COVID-19 cases and 87 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is 102,686 in 100 counties, with a total of 4,607 deaths. IDPH says that in the past 24 hours, 29,307 specimens have been processed, the highest one-day total so far. Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours have increased from 3,914 patients to 4,107 patients. Of that figure, 1,088 patients are in ICU with 609 patients on ventilators.  At the same time, the number of available ICU beds increased by 200, and the number of available ventilators increased by 580.

Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures show more than 1.55 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. in 55 states and U.S. territories, with 93,061 deaths.  Twenty-nine states report more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19, with New York, New Jersey and Illinois having the most cases.

IDPH Interim Guidance on MIS-C Associated with COVID-19
The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued a new document on Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19. This document is aimed at ensuring that clinicians are aware of current guidance regarding MIS-C, including the case definition and guidance on essential actions, testing, and reporting to local health departments. Click here to see the full guidance.

Register for Free IHA Webinars on Managing Hypertension
Managing patients' hypertension is more important than ever, with high blood pressure emerging as a common underlying health condition contributing to the severity of COVID-19.

IHA and health partners are offering a free webinar series, Under Pressure: 2020 Illinois Hypertension, to help providers address high blood pressure in patients. The series consists of three programs:

Nurses, physicians, pharmacists and health educators are encouraged to participate. The series will offer an in-depth look at current guidelines, best methods and antihypertensive medications. The webinars will also shine a light on the role of social determinants of health.

Speakers include representatives from Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Missouri; the Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHIP) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago; and the American Heart Association.

IHA is co-hosting these webinars with the following organizations:

  • Illinois Department of Public Health;
  • Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network;
  • Illinois Primary Health Care Association;
  • CHIP; and
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare.

Visit our registration page for information about continuing education credits. Register today.