Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Looking out for each other

Posted: Friday, June 12, 2020

What a journey we’ve been on, learning to deal with a highly infectious and unpredictable virus that has turned life on its ear. Limiting the spread of COVID-19 has required all of us – as a hospital, a community and a nation – to think beyond our normal routines, focus on the bigger picture and take precautions to protect not only our own health, but also the health of others.

It’s been amazing to see how Huntington County residents have adapted, pitched in and shown our hospital and EMS teams an incredible level of support and affection. On behalf of all of our Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) co-workers, thank you for rising to the challenge while helping us do the same.

We are blessed to serve such a generous community! Since mid-March, you’ve overwhelmed us with: pizzas, pastries, sandwiches, coffee and breakfast items, hot meals and thousands of snacks and cookies to keep us going; gift cards for food; carefully made cloth masks, other personal protective equipment (PPE) and even hospital beds; goodie bags and practical gifts for our caregivers; prayer and encouragement, in gatherings on campus, cards and artwork.

To all the businesses, churches, social groups, restaurants, Brownies and Boy Scouts, students, Huntington University administrators and medical staff members who’ve shown their caring, we are so grateful!

Your thoughtfulness has made a huge difference for our co-workers during a very stressful time. Adapting to the way we provide care to add new layers of protection for patients and co-workers has required team members to navigate rapid changes in a short period of time. They’ve kept track of new protocols and changing PPE guidelines, and worked longer or different hours – in different departments or roles, at other facilities or even from home. I’m so proud of our team! And your support has helped them stay focused on providing the highest-quality care no matter the circumstances.

With COVID-19, we find ourselves running a marathon, not a sprint. The virus will be with us for the foreseeable future. Responding to the new COVID-19 reality has led us to put new safety measures in place to protect the health of co-workers and patients: enhanced cleaning procedures; visitor restrictions with limited exceptions; appropriate PPE for all patients and team members; screening patients for COVID-19 before and upon arrival; precautions to keep those with known or suspected COVID-19 separate from others; staggered appointment scheduling to limit the number of people in waiting areas.

Thanks to these measures, we’ve been able to continue providing care for patients with a variety of medical needs during the pandemic. And I urge you to seek care if you need it. Whether it’s for an emergency or a chronic condition, it’s essential that you don’t delay! You can look into telehealth options at www.Parkview.com/CareFromHome.

If you’d like to learn more about the changes we’ve made, updates on services and COVID, visit www.Parkview.com/COVID19. Although a phased reopening process has begun, please remain vigilant and continue taking precautions: frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds; staying home when sick, and self-isolating from your family members if you have COVID-19 symptoms; wearing a mask whenever you’re around other people in public; maintaining social distancing (staying at least six feet apart). Letting up on precautions could mean more people become infected. We all need to keep looking out for each other. That’s what makes this such a great community! Thanks for being there for us. Our PHH family is here for yours.

Juli Johnson, President
Parkview Huntington Hospital