Many people 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, EMH is ready to help non-emergent patients by resuming regular appointments and elective procedures. Ephraim McDowell is well prepared with supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and new safety precautions for the protection of patients, health care providers and Associates.
“We want our patients to know that it is safe to come back into our facilities for their health care needs,” said Daniel McKay, President and CEO, Ephraim McDowell. “We have plenty of PPE and are using rigorous cleaning methods and practicing social distancing in all of our locations.”
All EMH locations are continually disinfecting their facilities and are 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.