Baptist Health Madisonville - Five ways Baptist Health Madisonville is keeping patients, staff safe
Baptist Health Madisonville is taking extra precautions to ensure patients can safely receive much-needed care in its hospital, off-site facilities and medical offices.
(Madisonville, KY) June 17, 2020 -- Baptist Health Madisonville is taking extra precautions to ensure patients can safely receive much-needed care in its hospital, off-site facilities and medical offices.
“We want to reassure our community that it’s safe to come to our facilities for any needed medical care,” said Robert Ramey, Baptist Health Madisonville president. “During this pandemic, we have continued to deliver babies, perform essential surgeries and provide care for those who’ve come through our doors. COVID-19 patients are cared for in separate areas, and we screen everyone who comes into our facilities -- patients, visitors and staff – every day for COVID-19 symptoms.”
“Baptist Health is taking extensive measures and actions every day to protect our patients and caregivers, while acting safely to phase back in important procedures and medical services,” said Wayne Lipson, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Baptist Health Madisonville.
Five key ways Baptist Health Madisonville is keeping you safe:
Having everyone wear a mask.
Patients, visitors and staff are required to wear masks in all Baptist Health facilities. Anyone entering the facilities – including medical offices, urgent care locations and outpatient centers-- should bring and wear a mask for the safety of all who work or receive care from Baptist Health.
Continuing deep sanitation and sterilization measures.
New technology is assisting Baptist Health staff in meeting stringent sanitation requirements to reduce the risk of infections and airborne pathogens such as COVID-19.
Along with frequently cleaning of high-touched surfaces in all points of care and common areas, all of our hospitals use the Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayer System to deliver high level disinfecting coverage on hard surfaces, killing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses in five seconds, including the coronavirus.
Some Baptist Health hospitals, including Baptist Health Madisonville and Baptist Health Paducah also use an ultraviolet light system to kill germs and superbugs. The ultraviolet system is used in patient rooms and other areas after traditional cleaning methods are performed.
Screening, testing and monitoring for COVID-19.
Everyone – staff, visitors and patients – who enter a Baptist Health facility or medical office is screened for COVID-19. This screening may be in advance of your appointment, or upon arrival. Screening includes several health questions and may include taking a temperature.
Those who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are directed to a separate treatment area/location, or to use Baptist Health Virtual Care. Learn more at BaptistHealthVirtualCare.com.
Closely following physical distancing guidelines.
Limiting visitors is one way that Baptist Health is observing physical distancing guidelines. Find updated visitation policies at BaptistHealth.com.
Other changes include non-traditional waiting room and check-in options to limit close contact with others. Depending on the location, patients may wait in their vehicle and be notified when an exam room is ready. Seating in waiting areas has been removed or modified to provide appropriate space between patients. Newly installed clear acrylic barriers ensure appropriate physical distancing in waiting and registration areas.
Leveraging technology and digital health.
Telehealth is an easy, convenient option for those who don’t feel comfortable leaving home but need care for minor medical treatment (like going to an urgent care) or a routine office visit. Patients with the most urgent medical conditions will receive priority for in-person care as Baptist Health phases in services. As an alternative to in-person office visits, Baptist Health Virtual Care offers video visits or e-visits; learn more at BaptistHealthVirtualCare.com.
For more information, visit BaptistHealth.com/COVID-19.