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Ephraim McDowell Health prepared to care for patients during phase one of restarting Kentucky’s economy

Ephraim McDowell Health (EMH) is prepared to care for their patients during phase one of reopening Kentucky’s economy beginning Monday, April 27. EMH is following Kentucky’s guidelines announced by Governor Andy Beshear on Wednesday that the phased restart of Kentucky’s economy will begin with a segment of the health care services industry.

EMH will be resuming non-urgent/emergent healthcare services, diagnostic radiology and laboratory services and at:

  • Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital
  • All primary care, specialty and diagnostic offices
  • Rehabilitation Services at McDowell Wellness Center and Kids Can Do Pediatric Therapy Center

“We are prepared and excited to help in restarting our economy and taking care of our patients’ health care needs,” said Daniel McKay, President and CEO, Ephraim McDowell. “Our ultimate goal is to keep our patients safe when they begin coming back into our facilities.”

All EMH locations are continually disinfecting their facilities and will be practicing social distancing measures.  Patients will be asked to practice social distancing in all waiting areas and if waiting areas become too congested, patients may be asked to remain in their cars until someone comes to get them for their appointment. 

When a patient enters one of the three EMH hospitals, they will be assessed, have their temperature taken and will be required to wear a surgical mask.  When entering one of our other facilities, patients must also wear a protective mask, however cloth masks are acceptable.  Patients are encouraged to bring a mask from home if they have one.  If a patient does not have a mask, they will be given one at the facility.

Ephraim McDowell Health has taken specific steps for the protection of our patients and Associates.  No visitors are allowed at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital or Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital.  There are some exceptions such as passing patients, patient sitters and those who are power of attorney or health care surrogates for a patient.  In our other facilities, only patients are allowed to be inside.

EMH will continue to offer and encourage telehealth visits when appropriate.  Please call your health care provider to schedule an appointment.

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