What We’re Doing About COVID-19

Posted on Mar 16, 2020, by

At the Kennedy Center and Mercy Medical Hospital, we are cognizant and proactive in our measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. In addition, we are monitoring the latest updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health department.

If you have a scheduled appointment or procedure at the Kennedy Center or Mercy Medical Hospital, here’s what you can expect:

  • Patient safety is our top priority.
  • Patients are required to have a COVID-19 test 48 hours before surgery.
  • The Kennedy Center has its own designated X-ray facilities in the clinic.
  • The Kennedy Center has its own unit at Mercy.
  • Visiting hours are between 11AM and 7PM.
  • Only one visitor – the same person – may visit during the hospitalization.
  • Visitor’s temps will be taken, they must wear a mask and stay in the patient’s room during the visit.
  • Before or after an appointment, avoid spending extra time in our waiting room. If someone is bringing you to your appointment, encourage them to wait outside of the building or return to pick you up when your appointment is over.
  • If you or someone in your household has a fever, cough or flu-like symptoms, call our office BEFORE coming in.
  • Expect to recover on a hospital floor designated ONLY for surgical patients.

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself.

According to the CDC, the best ways to prevent the spread of viruses are to follow normal daily precautions including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a mask in public places.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed or unsanitized hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.R
  • Reduce unnecessary travel and wear a mask when going out in public if you think you have a contagious respiratory infection.

As always, our biggest concern at the Kennedy Center is the health and wellness of our patients. We will continue to take every precaution necessary to keep our patients and team members safe.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out. Stay well.

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