McPherson Center for Health Coronavirus Updates

We are continuing to coordinate a screening clinic for coronavirus. The test administered is approved by the CDC and KDHE, and the sample is collected by a trained medical professional which results in the most reliable testing available. Patients may access the clinic by contacting their primary care provider (PCP) or McPherson Hospital at 620-241-2250. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or diarrhea.  Anyone with some or all of these symptoms should contact their primary care provider.  The COVID screening clinic hours at the hospital are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Monday through Friday.

While waiting for an appointment at the COVID screening clinic or for test results, patients with symptoms are to observe strict isolation and are to contact their PCP or the hospital if having severe or worsening symptoms.

Latest COVID-19 Update, May 1, 2020

 
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     Though the information related to coronavirus changes rapidly, we feel prepared in the event of any patient presenting to the McPherson Center for Health who reports with the associated symptoms of COVID-19 or as a person under investigation (PUI). We have reviewed both internal policies as well as procedures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and are following proper protocols to take every precaution.

     A special cross-departmental COVID-19 task force, along with Shalei Shea, director of the McPherson County Health Department, has been created to examine all aspects of current and potential impact of the virus on our hospital and community. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the following temporary initiatives were enacted.

  • Entrances to the hospital facility (Buildings 1 and 2) are limited. The main entrance to the hospital (Building 1), the entrance near the lab on the east side and the south entrance of Building 2 are closed. At the open entrances (Emergency Department and the East Annex), we will be placing individuals who will screen all patients and visitors regarding any symptoms they may be experiencing related to the virus. This practice is consistent with other facilities in our area. The Medical Office Building and Rehabilitation Services remain fully accessible.
  • Because our cafeteria serves many patients from the community on a daily basis, thereby increasing the risk to those who are served, the cafeteria is closed to the public for an indefinite period.
  • Volunteer Services and the Gift Shop will not be available for an undetermined time.
  • The Hess Fitness Center is closed until further notice. Cardiac Rehabilitation patients will continue as scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

     We have also suspended the current visitation policies and are immediately implementing temporary visitor policies to maintain a safe and secure environment for all. The new policy states:

     Only visitors essential for the provision of care coordination of patients will be permitted at the hospital. No other visitations are allowed in any patient care areas including ICU except under extenuating circumstances which will be coordinated through care providers. 

     In some care areas, there are limited policy exceptions for HEALTHY visitors, including:

  • Labor and delivery: One healthy visitor, no rotation.
  • Pediatrics patients: One health visitor, no rotation.
  • End of life situations. 

 These are difficult decisions, but we all understand that the safety of those we serve as well as our own staff is of utmost importance. Due to the rapidly-changing environment created by this health crisis, we will continue to monitor these and other potential changes to our processes. Your patience and understanding as we work through creating a temporary new normal is appreciated.

      It is important for the public to understand that if you are experiencing mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and/or believe you may have had contact or have had contact with someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, call your primary care provider or McPherson Hospital. Do not come to the healthcare facility without calling ahead and receiving special instruction.

     People can protect themselves with preventative actions.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

     If you are sick, to keep from spreading illness to others, you should

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

     For more information that is frequently updated, visit: kdheks.gov or cdc.gov. You may also call the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463. The link below from the KDHE contains important information about the virus.  

 

Novel coronavirus FAQs