Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, attended a meeting on Wednesday, March 11, convened by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
The task force is led by Vice President Mike Pence and the meeting included Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other hospital sector leaders. The focus of the task force is on the ongoing response to the outbreak of COVID-19, and to ensure seamless collaboration between the federal government and health care providers.
At the meeting, Dr. Farrugia emphasized Mayo Clinic's preparedness and expertise in responding to COVID-19 and expressed the organization's support for local, state and federal officials who are leading the nation's response to the pandemic. "I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with peers, share best practices and highlight Mayo Clinic’s commitment to ensuring patients have access to testing and treatment for COVID-19," Dr. Farrugia says.
"As a trusted voice on health care issues, we are stepping up to address the public's concerns, ensure health care staff are adequately protected, and develop solutions to COVID-19's unique challenges. Given the potential impact of the virus on communities small and large, we must come together seamlessly to deploy our resources. Today's discussion was a step in the right direction, and we look forward to continued collaboration.”