Bronx Rising Initiative Founder Tomas Ramos Presents $1.1 Million for St. Barnabas Hospital to Increase ICU Bed Capacity as COVID-19 Spreads
Bronx Rising Initiative Founder Tomas Ramos
Presents $1.1 Million for St. Barnabas Hospital
to Increase ICU Bed Capacity as COVID-19 Spreads
Ramos presented St. Barnabas Hospital’s leadership with a check for $1,130,000, allowing the facility to more than double its intensive care unit capacity
Provided 10,000 n95 medical grade masks for hospital employees and patients
With the addition of these ICU beds, Bronx Rising Initiative has been able to increase the Bronx’s overall ICU bed supply by 13% since the COVID-19 outbreak
Bronx, NY: The Bronx based organizer, activist, and candidate for Congress (NY-15) Tomas Ramos met with leaders from St. Barnabas Hospital (SBH) early last week to discuss how their facility could rapidly increase their intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity. SBH laid out a plan that would more than double the facility’s number of intensive care unit beds in a matter of days if they could acquire the necessary funds soon enough. In a matter of days, Bronx Rising Initiative worked to identify private companies and donors to secure the vital funding that SBH needed to be able to accommodate more patients as soon as possible.
On March 17th, Ramos presented SBH’s leadership with a check for $1,130,000 to propel their ICU expansion in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The funds will also allow the hospital to assign over a dozen full-time nurses and specialists to this new space. In addition to the check, BRI worked to get 10,000 N95 medical-grade breathing masks to help protect SBH employees from exposure to the virus.
“This extremely generous donation, which came entirely out of the blue, is allowing us to convert what was office space on our 2 South floor into hospital rooms,” said Len Walsh, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at SBH Health System. “This could not have happened at a better time to treat the surge in COVID-19 patients that we’re presently seeing.” Walsh added that the ICU conversion will be completed shortly.
"St. Barnabas has been one of the top hospitals in the Bronx for over 150 years,” stated Tomas Ramos. “At a time when we are facing an unprecedented type of global pandemic, we cannot allow a hospital that treats so many to become inundated and put Bronx residents at further risk.”
With the addition of these ICU beds, Bronx Rising Initiative has been able to increase the Bronx’s overall ICU bed supply by 13% since the outbreak of COVID-19, a time when borough’s vulnerable residents need it most. BRI works to identify private companies and donors that can contribute resources, both financial and in-kind, to special projects and organizations in the Bronx. Phase one of the Bronx Rising Initiative was launched as a call-to-action for Bronx hospitals, medical workers, and patients during this coronavirus pandemic. In less than a month Bronx Rising Initiative has secured over $1.3 million dollars and over 10,000 n95 masks cumulatively for various medical facilities in The Bronx.