Updates and Resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Television Ad Highlights that Hospitals are Always There, Ready to Care

The AHA has launched a national advertisement campaign to remind the public that as hospitals are fighting COVID-19 they are still here to care for them in every way, every day. As many Americans have delayed care during this public health crisis, the ad emphasizes to the public that hospitals and health systems are ready and able to serve their communities, just as they always have done and will continue to do.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, the American Hospital Association has worked closely with the CDC, and other federal, state and local partners to respond to this challenge and to make sure hospitals and health systems have the most up-to-date information.

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, hospitals and health systems know our patients and communities are increasingly concerned whether and how the virus is spreading in communities. Hospitals and health systems are:

  • Identifying, isolating and informing local public health officials about new cases of patients known or suspected of having the virus.
  • Following CDC recommendations on how to best use and preserve existing supplies of personal protective equipment due to concerns about limited supplies.
  • Protecting health care workers on the front lines, ensuring they have the personal protective equipment, training and support they need to provide care to patients.

The following tools include resources and developments related to COVID-19.

Videos

AHA's New Thank You Video to Health Care Heroes

The AHA Responds to COVID-19

The AHA is out fighting for your needs. See all that the AHA has accomplished for members during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

AHA CEO and President Rick Pollack's appearance on MSNBC on March 27, 2020

Rick Pollack says, "What's even more important is that we get the personal protective equipment to the front lines to protect our health care heroes, our doctors, nurses, and other health care workers."

Read the transcript.

AHA CEO and President Rick Pollack's appearance on CNN on March 25, 2020

Funding for hospitals and health care centers in the $2 trillion stimulus package is an “important first step…but it’s not going to be enough in the long run,” American Hospital Association CEO Richard Pollack tells @brikeilarCNN.

AHA CEO and President Rick Pollack's appearance on Fox News Fox & Friends on March 25, 2020

Rick Pollack, CEO of the American Hospital Association, calls COVID-19 a 'crisis of unprecedented proportion.'

AHA CEO and President Rick Pollack's appearance on CBS Face the Nation on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Rick Pollack's appearance begins at the 30:22 mark of the program.

Greater New York Hospital Association

The AHA commends the health care leaders in this country risking their lives on the frontlines every day to help prevent the spread of #COVID19. We see you and we thank you for all that you do to protect patients and communities #HealthcareHeroes.

Positive Stories

Stories from the Front Lines

Every day health care professionals across the country and around the world are doing amazing work to combat the coronavirus and care for people – physically and emotionally. Here you’ll find their heartwarming stories. It’s our opportunity to honor, celebrate and thank them for rising up and never giving up to end this pandemic.
#HealthcareHeroes #AlwaysThere

Sophia with mask on at Hartford Hospital

Day-in-the-Life Video of an ICU Nurse Marks 'Health Care Heroes Month'

An ICU nurse films a poignant video about life on the front lines at Hartford HealthCare, which has declared May "Health Care Heroes Month."

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