AdventHealth physicians participate in governor’s roundtable on coronavirus

Governor Ron DeSantis holds a round table press conference

Dr. David Moorhead, executive vice president and chief clinical officer for AdventHealth, and Dr. Scott Brady, senior vice president of Ambulatory Systems for AdventHealth in Central Florida and president of AdventHealth Centra Care, participated in Gov. Ron DeSantis’s roundtable on coronavirus in Tallahassee today.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • AdventHealth has sufficient capacity, supplies and ventilators to care for both COVID and non-COVID patients in Florida, and can expand current capacity.
  • AdventHealth physicians were early adaptors of convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients, and have treated more than 270 people with the therapy.
  • Those who have had COVID have an opportunity to help others after recovery through convalescent plasma donation.
  • AdventHealth is grateful for the support of the state in procuring staff and medications to help care for patients.

On reaching a plateau:

“What we’re seeing across Florida is that we’ve reached a plateau. Obviously, no one can predict the future, but over the last week there’s been a very significant plateau, which is incredibly welcomed.” – Dr. David Moorhead

On frontline health care staff

“Our staff is really busy. They’re tired. They’ve worked really hard, but they’re hanging in there. These are the real heroes of this whole experience. Everyday they’re leaving their families and going in and just doing an amazing job. We can’t thank them enough.” – Dr. David Moorhead

A message for Florida residents

“Your health care companies, groups, hospitals are working really hard and, as of today, we continue to do a really good job and we’re continuing to try hard to serve our communities.” – Dr. David Moorhead

On capacity

“Today we have capacity and we have other beds that can be converted into ICU and PCU beds should we need more. So, we’re ready and we’re thankful that we’ve seen a flattening in the last week” – Dr. Scott Brady

On seeking medical care

“In March and April, we saw a decrease in heart attacks and strokes significantly. As folks started to come in, they were coming in a more serious state, having to stay longer and their condition was worse. We want people who have serious conditions – strokes, heart attacks, chest pains, any of those conditions – to go to the hospital. Do not delay your care.” – Dr. Scott Brady

We encourage you to refer to the video from the Florida Channel to pull direct quotes from Moorhead and Brady.