Editor’s Note: The following articles were originally published as part of an ongoing series offering our strategic advice and expertise on what healthcare industry stakeholders should do in response to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As various geographies continue to expect additional COVID-19 waves to hit their cities and towns, the need for hotel-hospital conversion is much more than a fleeting innovation. COVID-19 cases have exploded around the globe and have therefore put extreme pressure on hospital capacity. In the meantime, more travelers have stayed home, leaving hotels with the lowest levels of occupancy ever seen.
This abundance of empty hotel rooms in almost every major city represents a potential solution to the problem of too few hospital beds. As the hospitality and healthcare industries come together to collaborate and turn vacant hotels into alternate healthcare-related facilities during the crisis, The American Hotel and Lodging Association, American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and Oliver Wyman have outlined how to transform a hotel for both non-clinical and clinical purposes.