Physician Redeployment During COVID-19 Surges
2021 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Virtual Conference

Between March 2020 and March 2021, Northern California experienced three COVID-19 surges, each one sequentially larger than the last. Each of these surges had the potential to strain traditional physician staffing, and so a centralized physician redeployment program was developed across the 21 medical centers of Kaiser Permanente Northern California to address potential shortages. The program developed and refined a number of redeployment strategies, including leveraging the interconnectedness of physicians within the KP Northern California health care system. This presentation focuses on the strategies used to redeploy physicians, as well as the training and mental health support provided by the program.

Presented by:

Rick Dlott, MD
Endocrinologist and Clinical Informaticist
The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG)
Kaiser Permanente Northern CA

Suzy Fitzgerald
Regional Emergency Training Director
Kaiser Permanente

Mary Meyer, MD
Emergency Medicine
Kaiser Permanente