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
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
· 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.