Hospital Collaboration in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kansas City Metropolitan Region


  • Michael C. Burton, M.D. University of Kansas Medical System
  • Lewis Satterwhite, M.D.
  • Xiaosong Shi, M.S.
  • Angelica Allen, AOS
  • Mario Castro, M.D., MPH



SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, Intensive care, Critical care


INTRODUCTION. The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 aka COVID-19) virus has evolved into a WHO-declared pandemic which has strained our regional critical care and hospital resources. 

METHOD. In response, we report the creation of a Critical Care Task Force in the Kansas City metro area and surrounding areas. We also report demographic and therapeutic factors affecting patients admitted to medical intensive care units in the Kansas City metro area using a retrospective case-control study examining gender, race, and therapeutic options including modes of ventilation, vasopressor requirements, renal-replacement therapy, and disposition.

CONCLUSIONS. Hospitalized patients being treated for COVID-19 in the Kansas City Metropolitan area have similar demographics to those being reported in the U.S.  Additionally, we found establishing a Critical Care Task Force in response to the pandemic helpful in preparing for a potential surge, establishing capacity and disseminating timely information to policy makers and Critical Care workers in the front line. 






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