Throughout the course of the Covid-19 emergency, MIT has worked in partnership with its neighbors in the City of Cambridge, whenever possible, to provide medical supplies, equipment, and services to the larger community. In this spirit of collaboration, MIT has opened the Sean Collier Care Center, a fully licensed 75-bed facility for patients with Covid-19.
Located on the MIT campus and named for fallen MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the line of duty on April 18, 2013, the center will provide care for members of the MIT community and individuals from the broader Cambridge community. The center will be funded by MIT and staffed by MIT Medical. It is designed to alleviate the anticipated hospital bed shortage in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as cases of Covid-19 approach peak levels in the coming weeks. It will focus exclusively on patients who would benefit from “eyes on” clinical care but are at very low risk for requiring ventilators or other intensive care.
“We are proud to help our neighbors in Cambridge by creating the Sean Collier Care Center,” says MIT Medical Director Cecilia Stuopis. “With this facility, we hope to do our part to ease some of the strain that our fellow health care facilities are feeling at this time.”
Eligible patients from the Cambridge community will be referred to the new center by clinicians at Mount Auburn Hospital and other local ambulatory care centers. Patients must transfer directly from one of these partner organizations to come to the new facility.
“Creating this center on such short notice was an incredible team effort, bringing together partners from emergency management, student life, athletics, finance, facilities, space planning, and many others,” says Stuopis. “It has been a deeply rewarding experience and is the epitome of what ‘One MIT’ truly means.”