Coronavirus Preparedness

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March 15, 2020

Coronavirus Preparedness

Holy Redeemer is committed to the safety of our patients, residents and staff. We are working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, The New Jersey Department of Health as well as the local municipalities including Montgomery County and Philadelphia. The health system is receiving daily updates from these sources and is focused on preparedness and education of our staff.

“The recommendations regarding the approach to Coronavirus both nationally and in our community are changing daily. We remain vigilant and are prepared to respond. Our goal is to keep our patients and healthcare workers safe, provide the highest quality care, and maintain normal operations ” says Dr. Henry Unger, Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Medicine Physician at Holy Redeemer Hospital.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the PA Department of Health website at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea within the past 30 days, or have been exposed to COVID-19, coronavirus, please contact the Department of Health in your state. 

HOSPITAL VISITATION
To keep patients safe NO visitors are allowed at our hospital at this time with the exceptions listed below.

Visitation Regarding Obstetrical (OB) Patients
Holy Redeemer is limiting visitation for all OB patients to only one (1) visitor per patient. NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE ALLOWED. Only two (2) banded parents will be permitted into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

For Triage, only patients are allowed. No support visitors are permitted.

• No visitors are permitted until the maternity patient has been admitted.

• All visitors will be screened prior to entry for every visit.

• The waiting area will be restricted to banded visitors only.

• Anyone without a band will not be allowed entry.

• Please wash your hands before and after your visit. DO NOT visit if you are ill.

Visitation Regarding Hospice
Patients nearing end of life in the hospice unit are permitted one (1) visitor.

Visitation Regarding Skilled Nursing Care
We will not be permitting visitors at any of our skilled nursing facilities, with the exception of those individuals who have a family member in hospice care nearing end of life. These patients are permitted one (1) visitor. Please contact the skilled nursing facility directly for more information.

 


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Monday, March 23, 2020 by Holy Redeemer Health System
We understand what a confusing and anxious time this is for moms-to-be. Please know we are doing everything we can to allow you and your partner to experience the joy and wonder that comes with the birth of a new baby.

At the same time, because of the unprecedented nature of coronavirus, we need to put extra safety measures in place to keep you, your partner, and new baby safe. Unfortunately, that means only one designated support person may accompany our maternity patients. Your designated support person may stay with you the entire time, including overnight. In keeping with best practices in the prevention of coronavirus, we regret that additional support persons (including parents, in-laws, siblings, etc.)are not permitted in the maternity unit at this time.

Again, with the safety and health of you and your baby our number one priority, any designated support person who leaves the hospital must be screened upon re-entry. Additionally, only maternity patients are permitted in the triage area. Once a patient is admitted to the hospital, the support person will then be allowed on to the unit.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by Maegan
Does that mean I can’t have my parents visit at the hospital? I’d really like them to be able to come and visit. Also will be husband be able to stay the night with me at the maternity ward when we have our baby?
Thursday, March 19, 2020 by Holy Redeemer Health System
A website visitor posed the following question:
Why are non-essential home visiting services continuing?

We thank you for your question. Home health care is an important service for many of our patients. We are taking every precaution to provide the safe, reliable care that our patients depend on. We are seeing patients as usual, but we are conducting a phone screen prior to the visit. If the screening indicates a known exposure or symptoms we will continue to provide in-home skilled nursing services, and other essential services, with telehealth visits as appropriate. Adherence to infection control standards and coordinating care with managers is of the utmost importance. Our staff will not report to work if they are ill, are screened every day prior to attending to their patients, and given protective medical equipment to use when needed. We work closely with the prescribing physician to provide the care that is required.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Holy Redeemer Health System
We are currently testing appropriate patients for coronavirus and continue to work closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Health as they are responsible for sending patients to our test site.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by Jean Ross
When will the hospital start testing for coronvirus?
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by Anonymous
Why are non-essential home visiting services continuing?
Monday, March 16, 2020 by Holy Redeemer Health System
Holy Redeemer Hospital continues to closely monitor the situation and receives daily updates from U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, The New Jersey Department of Health, as well as the local municipalities including Montgomery County and Philadelphia. We have—and will continue—to adjust visitation policies that prioritize the health and safety of all those we serve. Starting today, NO visitors are allowed in the hospital, except in limited circumstances. You can find our full visitation policy above.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 by anonoymous
other hospitals are restricting visitors to those medically necessary. you should do the same you are in pa's outbreak center.
Friday, March 13, 2020 by Holy Redeemer Health System
We continue to service our patients and the community and have not suspended any of our services including in our rehabilitation department. We are taking steps to ensure the safety of all of our patients. However, if you are concerned about your appointment please check with your physician prior to rescheduling your rehab session.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 by Carol walsh
Please tell me u have closed your rehab therapy center. My husband comes
In for physical therapy for ambroken leg and i dont want him to come until this virus passes
Carol walsh

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