HMH Board of Trustees Approves Alternative Consultations
Board thanks, reiterates support of HMH staff amid COVID-19 crisis
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (April 2, 2020) – At a special called meeting of the Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) Board of Trustees, the board approved a temporary resolution allowing HMH physicians to conduct alternative patient consultations. The resolution was approved in response to the current COVID-19 crisis in order to keep patients and the community safe.
For patients admitted to HMH, providers with inpatient privileges will be able to consult with one another and conduct patient evaluations via telehealth (telephone or televideo), conduct medical record reviews, and formulate treatment plans for inpatients.
“During this unprecedented time, we are committed to providing our physicians and advanced practice clinicians with what they need to care for patients and our community,” said Hardin County Judge Executive Harry Berry. “We will do everything we can to support the HMH staff and physicians on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The HMH Medical Executive Committee must approve the resolution for it to go into effect.
At the meeting, the HMH Board of Trustees praised the work of all the HMH employees amidst the crisis.
“The HMH team has long been the ‘best of the best’. Today, when the stakes are high and the risks so great, we are beyond thankful to them for putting patient care above all else” said Garry King, HMH Board of Trustees member. “We encourage anyone who is financially able to consider making a donation to the HMH Foundation to thank the staff and support the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.”
Individuals, community groups and local businesses who want to support HMH caregivers and patients during the COVID-19 outbreak can make monetary donations online at https://ourhmh.org/onlinedonations/.
Donors may also mail checks to HMH Foundation, 913 North Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, please seek reliable, up-to-date, information.
Recommended sources are:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
- Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services – kycovid19.ky.gov or Public Hotline: 1- 800-722-5725
- Lincoln Trail District Health Department – ltdhd.org
- Hardin Memorial Health – hmh.net or Patient Symptom Hotline: (270) 979-7777
HMH is an integrated system of providers and facilities serving approximately 400,000 residents in 10 Central Kentucky counties (Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Breckinridge, Grayson, Nelson, Hart, Bullitt, Green and Taylor). The 300-bed hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky includes 270 acute care, 15 psychiatric and 15 skilled nursing beds. Additionally, HMH includes 50+ outpatient facilities across the service area including a Cancer Care Center and Outpatient Surgical Center. There are over 445 physicians and advanced practice clinicians in over 40 specialties and primary care including Hospitalists available 24/7, Emergency and Urgent Care; Cancer, Cardiac, Rehab and Therapy Services; Medical and Surgical Services; Pulmonary Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Ear, Nose and Throat, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Obstetrics including a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatrics. With 2,700 employees and an active volunteer corps of 140, Hardin Memorial Hospital is the third largest employer in Hardin County.
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