As special members of our UT Southwestern community, you have been on the minds of many of us during this unprecedented time of uncertainty for our country and our world. With the rapid changes our nation is facing due to the COVID-19 virus, I know you are grappling with difficult decisions and major impacts to your daily lives, both professionally and personally. Your concerns are obviously for the health of family, friends, and loved ones. As this very dynamic issue evolves, we are ready to be a resource for you. We encourage you to visit What to Know About COVID-19 for the latest information on the virus, including links to additional resources you may find useful.
UT Southwestern has been preparing for weeks to significantly scale up its COVID-19 response. We have created an Emergency Operations Center with experts from Infectious Diseases, Infection Prevention, Nursing, and Health System leadership who have been working around the clock to ensure we are ready to care for those who will need us in the days ahead.
We are prepared to care for large volumes of patients with COVID-19, and we are ramping up our own internal testing capabilities. We also are participating in clinical trials in order to bring the latest COVID-19 treatments to our patients.
UT Southwestern has ongoing research efforts to define our understanding of the mechanisms and structure of this new coronavirus. This work will inform how we can monitor it, intervene, and ultimately improve our approach to prevention.
Amidst the challenges we are facing, our faculty, staff, students, and trainees are demonstrating incredible strength and resilience. For example, UT Southwestern students are organizing to serve and help faculty, fellows, and residents with child care so that they can remain on the front lines to care for patients. We also are inspired by the care and concern we feel from our community, which is a major boon to our efforts.
We thank you for your dedication to the health and welfare of others during this difficult time. Together, we will rise up to meet the challenges of the coming weeks and serve our communities with excellence. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to be of assistance to you and your family.
Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D.
UT Southwestern Medical Center