Good Samaritan is continuing to implement more strategies to prevent the
transmission of COVID-19 in its health care facilities. Beginning Monday,
May 11 Good Samaritan will require that anyone entering Good Samaritan
facilities, including Physician Network offices, must wear a face mask.
This will include Good Samaritan staff, patients and visitors, regardless
Robin McDonald, Infection Prevention Coordinator, said this is an enhanced
source control strategy to prevent transmission. “For source control
to be effective, it requires that everyone wear a mask within the health
care buildings to prevent droplet spread and, to a lesser degree, aerosol
spread of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19.”
President and CEO, Rob McLin, said due to businesses reopening in the community
and more people seeking health care services, this extra step of prevention
is just an increased measure to protect those in Good Samaritan facilities.
“The safety of our patients, staff and visitors is of the utmost
importance to Good Samaritan,” McLin added. “Thus far, we
have been doing an excellent job with controlling our environment and
keeping our facility safe from the spread of respiratory illness. As our
communities begin to reopen we want to continue making sure we are doing
everything we can to prevent COVID-19 transmission.”
Patients and visitors will be instructed to wear a cloth mask when entering
any Good Samaritan building. Those who arrive without a mask will be provided
with one to use throughout their visit. Patients may only remove their
mask when they are alone in a hospital room or exam room.
All Good Samaritan employees will also be required to wear a face mask
when entering the building and while in common areas like hallways, meeting
rooms and the cafeteria. Masking for employees will not be required when
the employee is working in a private office or cubicle. Employees will
also be staggering meals and breaks by space and time to ensure that a
6-foot distance can be maintained when staff need to remove their masks.
Those employees in direct patient care will wear a procedural mask with
all patient interaction, unless the task involves aerosolizing procedures,
then an N95 mask will be required.
McLin stated that he hopes the community will embrace this additional safety
measure the hospital is taking. “COVID-19 brought forth a lot of
fear in our community which led to our patients being afraid to seek care,”
he added. “We want to make sure that our patients know Good Samaritan
is here to care for them and that we are doing everything possible to
ensure their health care visit is safe. We don’t want our patients
to delay their health care needs due to fear.”
Because of this new universal masking policy, Good Samaritan is still seeking
donations of cloth masks for patients to use in the facilities. If you
have masks to donate, those donations can be dropped off in a bin outside
of the Health Pavilion entrance Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Information about the coronavirus and the hospital’s current restrictions
can be found at gshvin.org/coronavirus.