31 March 2020 – National Rehabilitation Center converted to COVID-19 hospital

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Health, Social Services, Supply Chains
Intervention Categories: Finance policy and financial aid; Financial aid to health services
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: The Costa Rican social security system (CCSS)

Overview: The Costa Rican social security system (CCSS) added a new hospital to its network of services in the fight against COVID-19. This is the Specialized Patient Care Center with COVID-19 (CEACO), which reinforces the offer of services that the agency has for the care of this disease throughout the national territory. The commissioning of CEACO involved a total reconversion and in a record time of the facilities of the National Rehabilitation Center (CENARE). The new center will provide specialized care to 88 patients with COVID-19 complications simultaneously and will be operated by a team of about 1,350 workers, who will work three shifts 24 hours a day.
Full details here: https://www.presidencia.go.cr/comunicados/2020/03/ccss-refuerza-red-de-servicios-para-atencion-covid-19-con-nuevo-centro/

Other links: 1
Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government, International – government
Evidence/Justification: The board of directors of the Costa Rican social security system (CCSS) made this decision as the new center will allow specialized care. The CCSS has invested more than US $ 16 million, which includes the transformation of the building as well as the purchase of equipment for the rest of the country such as pulmonary ventilators, Transportable X-rays, membrane oxygenation equipment. extracorporeal, special stretchers, diffusion pumps, among others.