COVID-19 Pathways to Recovery

Considerations and Resources to Guide Hospitals and Health Systems

COVID-19 has been an unprecedented challenge for our nation and the hospitals and health care systems that serve communities across the United States.

We’ve cheered the heroics of nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, orderlies, dieticians and other hospital workers who have cared for their patients under extraordinary circumstances. We’ve applauded the lab techs and scientists working around the clock to test and develop new innovations and cures. And we’ve begun to flatten the curve and see a path forward of what will be a new normal for all of us.

As we chart that path together, we want to share a new resource, COVID-19 Pathways to Recovery. Development of this compendium has been led by a recently formed AHA Board Task Force with input from many members of the association. While it is not intended to be an all-inclusive resource and will evolve over time as we learn more, it provides important questions and checklists to consider moving forward. 

AHA members can access the resource by clicking on the link below. If you are not logged into the AHA website, you will be prompted to do so. For questions or help logging in, please call 800-424-4301 or use email Please note, this PDF is 65 pages long. If your browser has difficulty displaying the entire document, please refresh the page, open the PDF in Acrobat, or download the file to your computer or device.


  1. Workforce
  2. Testing and Contact Tracing
  3. Communications: Internal and External
  4. Supply Chain
  5. Ancillary and Support Services
  6. Plant Operations/Environment of Care
  7. Financial Management
  8. Governance Considerations
  9. Endnotes
  10. Appendix: Preface
  11. Appendix 1: Workforce
  12. Appendix 2: Guidelines for COVID-19 Testing for Patients
  13. Appendix 3: Communications: Internal and External
  14. Appendix 4: Supply Chain
  15. Ancillary and Support Services

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