Michigan’s First COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility Now Open, Medical Staff Needed

Friday, the state’s first alternate care facility treating COVID-19 patients opened at TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo Hall.

TCF Center, now referred to as the TCF Regional Care Center, began accepting 25 patients and hope to care for 250 patients by the completion of its first week of operation.

It is important to note the facility will not accept patients by ambulance or walk-up. Instead, it will receive patients from other southeast Michigan acute-care hospitals at least 48 hours after having been admitted and will not have an intensive care unit area or provide care to patients who need ventilation.

“Southeast Michigan hospitals have been overwhelmed with the large number of COVID-19 patients,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Expanding bed capacity will support our hospitals in managing the large influx of patients and making sure people are getting the best care possible.”

The center is comprised of 970 beds, a triage area, and a pharmacy among other resources thanks in part to FEMA and the Michigan National Guard.

Henry Ford Health System, McLaren Health Care, Beaumont Health and the Detroit Medical Center are providing critical staff and resources initially along with FEMA’s public health team.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is calling on health care professionals to apply for paid positions at TCF Regional Care Center, another alternate care facility that will open at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, and other locations that may begin operating as alternate care facilities.

Positions are available for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and a variety of other medical, administrative assistant and security positions. Applicants for paid positions can fill out an online form HERE to be contacted with details about specific needs, pay rates and shifts.

Medical professionals, including retired physicians and nurses, who are interested in volunteering at an alternate medical care facilities can register at www.michigan.gov/covid19volunteer.

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