Keller Army Community Hospital transformed its former labor and delivery ward into a COVID-19 ward and secured two GeneXpert testing analyzers and the necessary supplies to test more than 8,000 cadets and task force Soldiers between June and August, CPT Jeffrey Baker, the officer-in-charge of the KACH laboratory, said.
The ward, which currently has no patients, was toured by Garrett May 7, as part of his visit to West Point to learn about and inspect the measures being put into place before the Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division arrive.
“The conditions are set and resources in place to protect the Soldiers and cadets and execute the summer training mission,” Garrett said.
The process of transforming the vacant labor and delivery ward into a COVID-19 ward took about three weeks, COL Chad Haley, chief of the Department of Surgery at KACH, said. The ward had been completely stripped and needed to be put back together from scratch. It now has two intensive care unit beds and six more intermediate care ward beds. The ventilation system in the entire ward has been changed over to ensure negative pressure, which keeps air in the ward from entering the rest of the hospital. Read more.