CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 3-16-20

Good Samaritan is taking extra precaution to protect patients, employees, visitors and the general public following the Indiana State Department of Health announcing confirmed cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Indiana. This is the lastest update on procedures being put into place at Good Samaritan.

Good Samaritan health administrators continue to make hourly key decisions in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and safety of medical staff. Mandates by Indiana Governor Holcomb and recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are the drivers for the adjustments to the hospital and other medical offices normal operating procedures.

Here are the updates at Good Samaritan as of March 16, 2020 (New updates are bold):

· Effective March 17, all elective and non-urgent surgical procedures will be postponed until further notice. This includes surgery, endoscopy, cardiology and radiology. Good Samaritan surgical scheduling will be directly contacting those patients whom were scheduled to undergo a procedure.

· Cardiac Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation appointments are being postponed until further notice.

· Effective March 17, visitation will be restricted to one visitor per patient, per day. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the hospital after 6 p.m. “We ask our visitors to please respect this policy at this time as we work to ensure the health of your loved ones and our staff,” stated Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan. “Many hospitals around us are restricting visitors all together, but we don’t want to do that. We strongly believe our patients need at least one support person with them during their inpatient stay.”

· A visitor and patient health assessment screening will be conducted upon entrance to the hospital.

o Health Pavilion

§ Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

o Emergency Room

§ 24/7 for emergency room patients only. Visitors on weekends from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

o Cancer Pavilion

§ For oncology patients only with appointments to a oncology physician, infusion or radiation oncology.

· All inpatient and outpatient visitors must be 18 years of age or older.

· Outpatients at the hospital will be limited to one visitor accompanying them who is over the age of 18. We ask that patients do not bring children with them to their appointments.

· At Physician Network offices patients will be limited to one visitor accompanying them who is over the age of 18. However, anyone above the age of 65 will be asked to remain outside of the clinic.

· Routine rapid COVID-19 testing is not currently available in our facility or community at this time. The only testing option available must be mailed. The wait time for results from this test is currently 48 hours, but is anticipated to become longer as demand increases throughout the U.S. If someone is experiencing fever of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath, please continue to call the 24/7 nurse triage line at 812-450-6555. Physician offices remain open, but all patients will be screened upon entrance. Those found to have any symptoms will be asked to wear a mask and be isolated while they wait.

· Good Samaritan asks the public to please continue to practice social distancing and only present to the hospital or medical offices if emergent need arises and/or a planned medical procedure remains scheduled. As medical staff continues to work diligently to care for an increasing number of patients, Good Samaritan asks for continued patience and understanding of the public.

  • Every visitor and outpatient who enters the hospital will have to complete a health screening assessment. The Visitor/Outpatient Health Screening includes six yes or no questions that include:
  • Have you had fever in the past 48 hours?
  • Have you had diarrhea or vomiting in the past 48 hours?
  • Have you had symptoms of a resipatory infection such as shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, etc.?
  • Have you traveled to areas with sustained COVID-19 (China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran)?
  • Have you been in contact with someone with known or suspected coronavirus Covid-19?
  • Are you under 18 years of age?

If a visitor answers yes to any of these questions, the visitor will be denied access to visit the hospital. Patients who answer yes will be provided a mask to proceed to their health care appointment. The only exceptions are if the visitor is visiting a patient who is at the end of life, or are the parent of a hospitalized child that is younger than 18 years old. In these cases, the visitors will be required to wear personal protective equipment to visit their loved one.

  • Valet service at the hospital has been suspended until further notice as well, however a shuttle will still be available to pick up patients in the parking lot. Patients coming to the hospital for an outpatient visit, please be on the lookout for the valet shuttle for a ride to the door.
  • Good Samaritan is also suspending its Community Health Services screenings in the community.
  • Any hospital sponsored support groups and community groups that meet at the hospital will not be meeting until further notice.
  • Hospital officials are also urging those in the community who have a respiratory illness to first call their primary care provider on the phone to receive guidance on appropriate care. Depending on severity of the illness, the patient may be given guidance on how to self-treat at home or in severe cases to seek emergency medical attention.
  • My Health Live video visits can be accessed by visiting gshvin.org/my-health-live. Patients can also call a 24/7 nurse triage hotline to discuss their symptoms; the phone number is 812-450-6555. If care is needed, the nurse will direct the patient on where to go and what to do. A symptom checker for coronavirus is also available through My Chart.
  • Patients who have appointments within the hospital or at Physician Network offices will also be asked screening questions about travel, fever and respiratory illness. Those who answer yes to those questions will be given a surgical mask to wear and may be isolated from the general waiting room.

Information about the coronavirus and the hospital’s currect restrictions can be found at gshvin.org/coronavirus.

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