As Bayonne flattens the curve of COVID-19 cases, the city is preparing for a potential second wave of the virus.
On May 12, Bayonne Mayor James Davis joined the staff of Bayonne Medical Center (BMC) to donate 15 ventilators to the hospital. The donation aims to help in the treatment and recovery of hospitalized patients. Ventilators are often the last resorts in the effort to help patients breathe. They’ve been in high demand throughout the pandemic.
In return, BMC Hospital LLC has donated 1,000 face coverings for Bayonne residents. The donation honored International Nurses Day held around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth in 1820.
“The theme of this year’s Nurses Day celebration is ‘Nursing the world to health,’ and Bayonne Medical Center nurses do outstanding work toward that goal every day, especially during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Wayne Hatami, president of BMC Hospital LLC.
BMC Hospital LLC plans to acquire BMC, according to a Letter of Intent signed in March by representatives of BMC and CarePoint Health, the current owner of BMC. At the event, the company also announced plans to rename the facility Bayonne Hospital.
The donation sought to honor the service and commitment of more than 300 nurses at BMC, according to BMC Hospital LLC.
“Bayonne Medical Center’s nurses, physicians, medical and support staff have performed heroically week after week during this crisis, and they deserve our utmost gratitude.” Hatami continued. “What better way to mark this 200-year milestone of nursing than to provide a simple precautionary item for this great community.”
The new face coverings were presented to Davis for distribution to residents throughout the city. Davis promised continuing partnership among city leaders, residents, and the hospital.
“Never before have we worked so closely,” Davis said. “Our virus response demonstrates what can be done when our great professionals get the local support they need.”
The face coverings can be used by residents to help protect them from exposure to the Coronavirus that has infected hundreds of Bayonne residents, many of whom were treated by the nursing staff at BMC.
Plans are in the works for the expansion of COVID-19 testing to include asymptomatic seniors living in centers and or assisted living facilities, according to a spokesperson for CarePoint Health. The testing is designed to cover high-contact areas like the YMCA and shelters and to work closely with the city to identify and assist other vulnerable and at -risk populations.
The hospital will offer antibody testing for the community at the hospital, with and without prescription by May 19, according to CarePoint.
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