BEIRUT: The American University of Beirut (AUB) announced Saturday the establishment of the Pandemic Evaluation Clinic and Center (PECC) "that has been completed in just under 10 days thanks to the committed efforts of the dedicated AUB Medical Center staff working in tight formation," the school said in a statement.
The opening of a new pandemic center comes amid a national mobilization that includes hospitals to confront the challenge of treating a potential increase in patients. Currently, Lebanon reports 248 cases, with the number of cases growing by 102 within 48 hours.
“The PECC is housed in Building 56 between Maamari and Clemenceau streets, and with its own entrance, the first floor is an outpatient facility for screening, assessment, and early identification of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, AUB President Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri said. “There are 11 newly designed individual negative pressure rooms for intensive care management and 10 intermediate care beds on the second floor. A regular unit of 21 individual rooms on the fourth floor has been assigned for stable patients, while additional support areas have been created throughout the building”.
The AUB President added: “To prepare Building 56 as the focal point for AUB’s clinical response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, existing functions and units had to be relocated and the AUBMC plant engineering department retrofitted the space to comply with international COVID-19 requirements. “
“None of this would have been possible without the immense, round-the-clock efforts of numerous units, departments, and disciplines at AUBMC, under the direction of a multidisciplinary coronavirus task force created at the Medical Center in February,” Khuri said.
The AUB head thanked thanking the remarkable and diverse team that came together to achieve this vital feat of planning and execution to serve our patients in the face of an unprecedented public health emergency, the school said in a statement.
“Through it, our university and medical center are poised to play an important role in serving the people of Lebanon and the region”.
AUB is one of five private and eight public hospitals currently treating pandemic patients, with the government enforcing tighter lockdown restrictions as of the weekend.
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