Establishing and Managing COVID-19 Command Centres in Hospitals Serving Children and Youth

Last modified by Jose Gauthier on 2020/03/27 17:42

Managing a complex and fast-moving crisis like COVID-19 can be extremely challenging for hospitals serving children and youth. During this webinar, participants will hear from hospital leaders from Ontario and British Columbia regarding their organizational activities to lead and manage response and preparedness measures related to COVID-19. Participants will learn of efforts to establish and manage a COVID-19 Command Centres to co-ordinate hospital action on the virus and have an opportunity to share their hospital's experience and learn from others.


Dr. Lindy Samson is the Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer, as well as being a staff physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases. In addition, she holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine and is a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute. Dr. Samson obtained her medical degree from McMaster University School of Medicine in Hamilton in 1990. She completed her Pediatrics and Pediatrics Infectious Diseases residencies at CHEO. Dr. Samson then completed further training in Pediatric HIV and Clinical Epidemiology at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto. Moving back to CHEO, she worked for some time before serving as the Chief of the Division of infectious Diseases for over 10 years. Her academic and research work is focused on pediatric HIV, the impact of social determinants on the health of children and youth and teaching/evaluating the Health Advocate and Leadership Roles across the continuum of learners. Dr. Samson was appointed Chief of Staff in April 2016. As CHEO’s senior physician leader, she is responsible for organizing the activities of the medical staff and for ensuring the quality of clinical care and patient safety. In this role, she works closely with the CEO and the Executive Team, and reports directly to the Board of Trustees.


Dr. Nisha Thampi is a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Thampi’s research interests include surveillance of antimicrobial resistant organisms; hospital-associated infections and their prevention; economic evaluations of infectious diseases; and antimicrobial stewardship in neonates.

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Dr. Peter Skippen is a clinical investigator within the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at B.C. Children’s Hospital. His clinical research interests span a number of areas including the clinical evaluation of oximetry catheters in pediatric patients, continuous mixed venous oxygen saturation monitoring and transfusion strategies for patients in pediatric intensive care.

Created by Paula Robeson on 2020/03/22 22:17