Agility and Leadership: A Look Inside the DoD’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Presented By

Jarrod McGee, FACHE

Commander / Deputy Commander
US Army 11th Field Hospital / 9th Hospital Center

Col Kimberlee Aiello, FACHE

Former Commander
44th Medical Brigade
About the Session

This session will begin with a brief review of the COVID-19 pandemic and the strain placed on national medical systems to develop the situational background leading in to the New York City request for federal assistance. The program will focus on the leadership and teambuilding required to deploy two full military hospitals in 48 hours, developing medical intelligence, needs assessments, and operational plans enroute; navigating changes to these assessments once on location; and the administrative and logistical requirements for building a medical center from the ground up with multiple organizations in a highly sensitive political environment under ever-changing circumstances— ultimately treating 1,095 patients with a maximum census of over 450 patients. This will serve as an example of what can be accomplished when organizations are able to operate in a highly reliable manner to achieve a common goal.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the challenges a leader faces in creating functional teams and a fully operational healthcare facility in a crisis.
  • Attendees will interpret and assess information and formulate potential applications of the lessons learned to their own organizations.