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COVID-19 Employee Assistance Fund Update

Earlier this year, we established a COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, to provide assistance to our employees who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, we are making real-time decisions on how best to serve our community, employees, and patients. We have made the decision to return…

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Radiologic Procedures Requiring COVID-19 Testing

Patients undergoing Interventional and General Radiologic procedures that require anesthesia will be requested to undergo COVID-19 testing 3-4 days prior to the scheduled test. These procedures are (US, CT, MRI) that require anesthesia as well as the following:      IR Chest/Lung procedures that would require a Covid Test: Lung Biopsy or any chest wall/cavity biopsy Thoracentesis…

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Optional N95 for Direct Patient Care Employees

Safety of our care team continues to be a high priority as we navigate through the pandemic. We have begun to test patients being admitted identifying potential asymptomatic positive patients. As community testing increases, we are seeing asymptomatic cases with a prevalence of < 2%. To alleviate concerns related to caring for potentially asymptomatic patients…

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COVID Testing for Procedural Areas

Testing requirements for patients having procedures where anesthesia will be in attendance: All patients will be strongly encouraged to be tested prior to the procedure. Those patients who refuse the test must contact their physician to discuss options regarding their care.  The case may be postponed unless it is determined to be urgent. Patients scheduled…

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COVID-19 Testing for Inpatient Direct Admission for Chemotherapy

Physicians need to order either in EPIC or on the paper script Community COVID Pre-Surgery Test. The order is SARS-COV-2 LAB98415. Oncology/Chemotherapy patients can self-schedule a COVID-19 testing appointment online at the following locations (reminder this needs to be complete 3 days prior to the date of the procedure). Fort Hamilton patients can schedule at:…

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Employee Screening

Recently employees were requested to complete an attestation moving toward self-monitoring for COVID-related symptoms. With the recent increase of cases in our local area, it has been determined employee screening will continue until further notice.  Please continue to take precautions both at work and outside of work. These measures work together to help us manage our…

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COVID Suspected Patients with a Negative Rapid SARS-COVID Test

Patients that are suspected of having COVID (PUI) despite a negative Rapid SARS-COVID 2 test will be placed on the appropriate unit and not in the COVID-designated unit. Appropriate PPE precautions as with all patients should be followed. If attending physician still strongly suspects the patient (PUI) despite the negative Rapid test, they may order…

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Eye Protection/PPE for Direct Patient Care Employees

As the community spread of COVID-19 becomes prevalent, the safety of our care teams is at the forefront. As an additional safety measure, goggles will be available for all direct patient care employees. Direct patient care employees are defined as employees who provide hands-on care and treatment to patients. Effective Tuesday, July 7 All hospital…


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