Thursday, July 9th, 2020

PHH provides update, visitor restrictions, more

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020

The Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) team wants area residents to know that the hospital has resumed many services and is ready to assist patients with their healthcare needs, whether related to emergencies, chronic conditions, COVID-19 or other situations.

“The pandemic has led some people to delay seeking care that they really need,” said Juli Johnson, president, PHH, “and that can end up being detrimental to their health. Our physicians and hospital departments are here for them. We encourage them to see us for diagnostic testing, surgeries and other important care.”

Visitor restrictions:

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in northeast Indiana is on the rise, and Johnson wants to remind the community that the hospital continues to follow a “no visitor” policy for the safety of patients and co-workers. Only these few exceptions are allowed one adult visitor for the duration of the patient’s stay:

• Patients who are having a surgical procedure

• Expectant moms having babies in the Family Birthing Center (visitor must remain at the hospital throughout the stay)

• Minor patients: limited to one parent/guardian

• Patients who need special assistance: limited to one adult caregiver

Visitation for patients in end-of-life situations will be evaluated by nursing staff on a case-by-case basis. Visitors with potential COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to accompany patients.

“We understand the visitor restrictions can be frustrating for people who have a loved one in the hospital,” said Johnson. “Depending on COVID-19 activity in the coming months, visitor restrictions may very well relax again, and then tighten. It’s a very fluid situation, influenced by not only the number of cases, but also our hospital’s capacity and the capacity of other Parkview hospitals. COVID-19 is not going away, as is evident by the recent rise in cases neighboring counties are seeing. We continue to ask the community’s patience as conditions change and we take appropriate measures to safeguard the health of patients and co-workers.”

Safety precautions:

Like all other Parkview facilities, PHH has put in place multiple safety measures to protect co-workers and patients alike in the wake of the novel coronavirus:

• Enhanced cleaning procedures

• Visitor restrictions with limited exceptions

• Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all patients and team members

• Patients being screened 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

Because masking has been shown to be very effective in mitigating the spread of the virus, Parkview Huntington Hospital requires all patients, co-workers and authorized visitors to wear masks at all times in the hospital. Masks must be put on prior to entering the building. A mask will be provided for anyone who arrives without one.