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Partners Travel Policy

-February 20, 2020-

Dear IHP community:

Below is an update on Partners HealthCare’s emergency preparedness response to the Novel Coronavirus. The Institute continues to participate in the Partners system-wide meetings and where necessary adapt our response consistent with our mission as an educational institution. 

The travel policy below remains in place for students, faculty, and staff. A Novel Coronavirus screening process has been implemented for clients, caregivers, and guests participating in activities within the Sanders IMPACT Practice Center.

Students participating in clinical education placements at this time should discuss the screening process and N95 respirator use with their preceptors and clinical instructors. 

Consistent with the Institute’s mission and core values, we remain committed to ensuring that all members of our community are treated with dignity and respect.

 

Denis Stratford
Associate Vice President for Information Technology, Campus Services, & Compliance

Paul Murphy
Chief Communications Officer   

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Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to monitor and prepare for the Novel Coronavirus, now called COVID-19. From infection control to supply chain to interpreter services, all departments have taken this situation seriously, and we are grateful for everyone’s efforts and collaboration. We want to provide you with a number of updates and reminders. 

Travel Policy 

The Partners travel advisory remains in full effect: 

• All Partners related business travel to China continues to be suspended. 

• All business-related visits to Partners institutions from CDC-defined impacted areas continue to be suspended.  

• The travel advisory currently includes all of China. However, if the CDC extends its travel warning to additional areas, these areas will be included in the policy as well.

 

N95 Respirators

• Supply chain and materials management teams continue to work closely with suppliers and vendors to ensure we have adequate medical supplies across our system. 

• As a reminder, use of N95 respirators should be reserved for only those situations requiring them. 

• Please do not use N95 respirators in cases where surgical masks are normally used, and please remember that masks should not be taken for personal use. 

• It is important that we maintain our current supplies to protect our patients and our colleagues so that we are able to provide the highest quality and safest care.  

Providing Support

Many individuals have inquired about providing medical supplies for our colleagues in China. Unfortunately, because of high demand, distributors have restricted health care facilities from ordering above typical quantities to make any type of donations. However, after careful review, we are pleased to let you know that we have identified a number of supplies within our system that are useful in China and create no constraints locally. Last week, we began coordinating with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital to distribute the supplies to their partner institutions in China.

Reinforcing our Values

Finally, as many of you have seen in the media, unfortunately there have been reports nationally of racial profiling and discrimination against people of Asian descent. While there have been no reports at any of our hospitals, it is a good reminder for all of us to be aware of these issues and to consistently uphold our core values and principles as an organization. No one in our community should be subject to racial stereotypes, prejudices or discriminatory behavior under any circumstances, and it is our responsibility together to ensure that every patient and colleague is always treated with dignity and respect.  

Thank your again for your cooperation and support during this time. We will continue to monitor developments on this situation and will provide updates as necessary.

 

Gregg Meyer, MD
Chief Clinical Officer
Partners HealthCare

 

Paul Biddinger, MD
Medical Director, Emergency Preparedness
Partners HealthCare