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A message from CPTA President, Rick Katz, regarding COVID-19

COVID-19

A message from CPTA President, Rick Katz, regarding COVID-19  updated April 3

I would like to thank our members and all PT/PTAs in the state who responded in an overwhelming way to our workforce survey request. We received the largest response to a survey in CPTA history with 2,014 responses. View our survey results. If you have not responded to the survey, it remains active and you still have time to participate. Click here to take the survey.

The genesis of CPTA's request came from several hospital systems in Southern California who requested a way to mobilize a workforce of PT/PTAs that could assist in the acute care setting during the COVID-19 health crisis. We then connected with the California Hospital Association (CHA) to discuss the statewide need. They were receptive and grateful for this effort. You are probably aware of the state's workforce mobilization efforts through healthcorps.ca.gov, however that database isn't currently available to the non-public hospital systems. We have made the results of our survey available to the CHA for dissemination upon request by their member institutions, private and public. If you are needed, you will be contacted via the email address you provided in the survey. Please be aware of emails coming from an unfamiliar hospital source.

The response by our physical therapy community demonstrates your commitment to the healthcare of Californians. You are extending your expertise beyond the normal boundaries of your comfort zone. In addition, you are knowingly taking on some risk for the betterment of patients.

I'm extending a virtual hug to all of you who took the time to respond to the survey and especially to those who have agreed to serve.

Sincerely,
Rick Katz, PT, DPT, MA