Design and Implementation of a Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Unit

Brandon P. Verdoorn, Mairead M. Bartley, Lori J. Baumbach, Anupam Chandra, Kyle M. McKenzie, Maria Mendoza De la Garza, Daniel E. Sanchez Pellecer, Tina C. Small, Gregory J. Hanson

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has challenged the health care system's capacity to care for acutely ill patients. In a collaborative partnership between a health system and a skilled nursing facility (SNF), we developed and implemented an SNF COVID-19 unit to allow expedited hospital discharge of COVID-positive older adults who are clinically improving, and to provide an alternative to hospitalization for those who require SNF care but do not require or necessarily desire aggressive disease-modifying interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-973.e1
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021


  • COVID unit
  • COVID-19
  • SNF
  • coronavirus
  • long-term care facility
  • skilled nursing facility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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