Marshall Miles Interviews Dr. Mark Hirko, President of Sharon Hospital, COVID-19 Update – April 10, 2020

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Dr. Mark Hirko

As the landscape of COVID-19 evolves,Sharon Hospital isprepared to provide the communities it serves with the safest, most current care and information to keep you informed.

“As the COVID-19 outbreak rapidly progressed overseas, our teams began contingency planning for how we would manage COVID-19 patients while ensuring a safe environment for staff, patients and the region,” said Dr. Mark Hirko, the hospital’s president. “Our facility and teams are taking necessary measures to accommodate both COVID-19 and standard medical patients from our local communities and transfers from other areas. This is a team effort and something for which we have thoughtfully prepared over the past weeks.”

The hospital’s response to the global public health pandemic is evolving and includes:

A no-visitation policy at all Nuvance Health hospitals and facilities until further notice. Exceptions apply for maternity patients and extenuating circumstances and are outlined at
Suspension of all elective surgeries, procedures and outpatient services that are not essential.
Creation of a robust surge plan that includes increased bed capacity and creative staffing models to ensure space for persons with COVID-19 and other patients with emergency needs.
A COVID-19 Community Hotline to answer questions, address concerns, and guide the public through remote screenings if they experience symptoms.
Phone number: (888) 667-9262
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week
Physicians, nurses and other personnel are being cross-trained in specific areas, such as intensive and emergency care, to enhance the hospital’s workforce.
We continue to work closely with public health and state and federal agencies to monitor new trends and adopt best practices/standards for treating patients.
A Nuvance Health Blood Plasma Donation program to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients is in development. The FDA has set criteria for volunteer donations, which is evolving:
A person must have had a positive COVID-19 test.
A person must be symptom-free for at least 14 days with a repeat negative swab or 28 days symptom-free with no need for a repeat swab.
Potential donors can register by filling out a questionnaire at
Active and retired personnel with medical experience can join our volunteer Medical Professional Reserves. This clinical cohort is seeking physicians, nurses, physician and medical assistants, and EMTs/paramedics. To join, visit


4 replies

  1. Thanks so much for the information!

  2. Why state that we are number 3 or 4 in terms of incidents? A quick look at the map shows that we are far behind Fairfield, New Haven and Hartford Counties. This kind of statement undermines trust in the officals who make them.

    • Thank you for pointing that out Corey! On our morning show The Breakfast Club” we have been mentioning exactly what you have pointed out..while during the interview I did not interrupt or correct my guest as I should have. Here are the Connecticut stats as of yesterday:
      COVID-19 Cases and Associated Deaths by County of Residence
      As of 04/11/20 12:30pm. Includes patients tested at the State Public Health Laboratory, hospital, and
      commercial laboratories.
      County Laboratory-Confirmed
      COVID-19 Cases
      Fairfield County 5407 220
      Hartford County 1832 101
      Litchfield County 388 20
      Middlesex County 290 18
      New Haven County 2715 107
      New London County 185 7
      Tolland County 171 15
      Windham County 66 1
      Pending address validation 456 5
      Total 11510 494

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