Our ultimate goal is to keep you safe when you enter one of our facilities. Many of you postponed nonessential appointments and surgeries in March, April and early May to help in slowing the spread of Covid-19. During that time Ephraim McDowell Health (EMH) worked to enhance our safety processes and increase our Covid-19 testing capabilities. Now, we are ready to help you by resuming regular appointments and elective procedures. We are well prepared with supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and have introduced new safety precautions for your protection and the protection of our health care providers and Associates.
We continue to work closely with national, state and local leaders to ensure that we are properly responding to the needs of our patients and Associates as it relates to Covid-19.
As of July 8, we have tested 38 Boyle County residents who are positive for Covid-19, eight Mercer County residents, 29 Lincoln County residents, 11 Garrard County residents, six Marion County residents, six Casey County residents, five Washington County residents and three Russell County residents who is positive for Covid-19. The first case in Boyle County was reported March 28.
In most cases, patients who contract Covid-19 will likely experience symptoms similar to a cold or flu and will not require hospitalization. Elderly patients and those who are immunocompromised are more likely to have more severe symptoms and require hospitalization. If patients in our area require hospitalization, Ephraim McDowell is prepared to handle their care.
Please call (859) 936-8350 if you would like to be tested for Covid-19. A nurse answering the call will assess your symptoms and advise you of the steps you should follow.
That may include a visit to your primary care provider, a visit to your local Emergency Room or a visit to one of Ephraim McDowell’s five testing facilities. The five testing facilities are Ephraim McDowell Walk-in & Primary Care (1541 Lebanon Road, Danville), Ephraim McDowell Haggin Primary Care (470 Linden Avenue, Suite 5, Harrodsburg), Ephraim McDowell Liberty Family Medical Center (511 Middleburg Street, Liberty), Immediate & Primary Care at Fort Logan Hospital (110 Metker Trail, Stanford), and Ephraim McDowell Springfield Family Medical Center (280 Lincoln Drive, Springfield). Do not go to one of these testing facilities unless you are directed to by the Ephraim McDowell Call Center or an Ephraim McDowell health care provider.
For those with further questions about this illness, please call the Covid-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725, or visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Telehealth services available
We are now offering telehealth services at many of our specialty and primary care clinics, in another effort to further protect our patients. Telehealth visits are possible through a computer, tablet or smartphone, allowing patients to stay at home and receive much of the medical attention that they could receive through a face-to-face visit. Patients can use telehealth for follow-up visits, Medicare Wellness visits, refills, follow-up test results and new patient visits. Patients are asked to call their provider’s office if they want to schedule a telehealth visit.
Visiting hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. All visitors must observe the following:
- Must wear a mask at all times and should bring a mask from home if available (cloth acceptable). One tie mask will be given when needed.
- All visitors must be screened (temperature checked, questions asked, must sign in) when entering the facility. Visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 and asked if they have a Covid-19 pending test. If the visitor has signs or symptoms or if they have a pending Covid-19 test, they will not be allowed to enter.
- All visitors shall wash hands frequently while in the facility. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving facility.
Outpatient surgery patients – Ephraim McDowell Health has taken specific steps for the protection of our patients and Associates. Effective Wednesday, May 20, individuals having outpatient surgery will be allowed one visitor when they are in recovery after their surgery if the patient is negative for Covid-19. The support person will need to remain in their car until called by staff.
Inpatients – Effective Thursday, May 21, inpatients will be allowed one visitor per day at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital. Visitors must stay in patient’s room the entire time, once they leave the room they must leave the facility. (Exception – visitors are only allowed out of patient room to pick up food that is delivered to the hospital). No visitors are allowed in the ICU, in rooms with Covid-19 positive patients or Covid-19 symptomatic rule out patients and units.
Other Facilities – No visitors are allowed in the Emergency Departments, Primary Care Clinics, Specialty Clinics, Diagnostic Clinics and the Women’s Breast & Health Center. There are some exceptions such as Outpatient Pharmacy customers, minors, passing patients, patient sitters and those who are power of attorney or health care surrogates for a patient who does not have decision making capabilities.
Behavioral Health Unit at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center – One visitor allowed per day for a one hour supervised visit determined by the unit from the hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
OB Restrictions at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital – Effective March 30, the support person who accompanies a laboring mother to the Labor & Delivery Unit at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital must remain on the unit until the mother and baby are discharged. Meals will be provided during their stay.
McDowell Place of Danville
Only those involved in the direct care or end of life care of the residents will be permitted to enter the building. Staff and individuals who are permitted to enter will continue to be screened at the front desk. Per CDC recommendations, to avoid potential exposure, we ask that all residents remain in the building. All non-essential transportation for residents will be suspended. Family members of residents can call to schedule a visit on one of our three outdoor spaces.
Facilities That Are Temporarily Closed
- McDowell Wellness Center – Danville and Harrodsburg
Entrances to our hospitals
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center – Effective Tuesday, May 26, the South Wing entrance at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center will be open each week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Emergency Room entrance will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital – Entrances will continue to be used as normal.
Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital – Main entrance is closed. The Emergency Room entrance will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.