December 1, 2015, by Lorrie Taylor
CLEVELAND, OH – When the Republican National Convention and its 50 thousand participants, including media, come to Cleveland in July of 2016, the medical community will be ready.
“We want to provide the delegates the top-notch care that they deserve, so we`re talking about what`s called Concierge Medicine,” said Dr. Michael Anderson, Chief Medical Officer for University Hospitals.
Dr. Anderson said discussions have been taking place over the last two months between his facility, Metrohealth Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. He told Fox8 there has been a focus on several areas; providing immediate care in hotels where delegates stay was one of them.
“For a runny nose or a Band-Aid or God forbid, something more serious that we`ve got medical care,” he said, describing the kind of healthcare that would be available.
The doctor said another focus would be on Event Medicine practiced inside venues like Quicken Loans Arena or the Cleveland Convention Center.
“Do we have paramedics, physicians, nurse practitioners that are available when the conventioneers are there?” he explained.
Dr. Anderson said any event drawing tens of thousands of visitors also required thought be given to a larger response, should mass-casualties become a reality.
Meanwhile, a new Critical Care Pavilion was being built on top of Metrohealth Medical Center’s existing emergency room. 85 new ICU rooms will be ready two weeks prior to the start of the convention.