Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and the Nacogdoches County Hospital District are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are committed to the well-being of our community and the safety of our staff, patients and visitors. It is with an abundance of caution and in collaboration with Nacogdoches Medical Center that we present a unified approach to this emerging situation.
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In an attempt to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital will be following several recommended measures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to minimize the risk of spread of this coronavirus infection.
Current Patient and Visitor Restrictions
No visitors will be allowed unless it is an end-of-life situation, labor coach or pediatric caregiver. In those cases, only one visitor will be allowed for the safety of patients, visitors and staff. Visitors must be 18+ and will be screened at the door for fever, other symptoms and recent travel.
Patient care and safety is our number one priority, so please help support that mission by respecting these policies. We appreciate the opportunity to take care of each and every one of our patients.
Hospital-Based Services – Regular Patients
Each hospital patient is allowed one visitor, age 18 years and above, who will have to pass our screening process (above). That visitor will be designated at the beginning of hospitalization and will remain the designee for the entire stay. Visitors who do not pass our screening process will be turned away and another designee will need to be selected. No one under age 18 years will be permitted to visit in the hospital.
Emergency Services Patients
Visitation in the emergency department will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the attending healthcare provider, dependent on the condition of the patient, but in general, no visitors will be allowed.
Visitation for isolation patients will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the house supervisor, dependent on the condition of the patient, but in general, no visitors will be allowed.
Exceptions to the Visitation Policy
Exceptions to the Visitation Policy may be made by the attending healthcare provider or the house supervisor for end-of-life or extraordinary circumstances.
Care First Clinics and Nacogdoches Memorial Professional Group Offices
All staff and providers coming into the hospital will be questioned about symptoms and recent travel history and will be checked for fever. If the individual has traveled to any compromised area (this list will change as new cases develop) or criteria indicates a need, appropriate measures will be instituted.
All staff and providers who meet the above criteria will be required to self-isolate for a period of two weeks before returning to work.
At Memorial Hospital, we’re recognizing that there has been no community spread in Nacogdoches so far, so we’re focusing on prevention and hoping the community will embrace the CDC recommendations, as well. Wash your hands frequently — soap and water and at least 20 seconds of scrubbing; regularly clean “high-touch” surfaces with appropriate disinfectant; cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Use a tissue and throw it away as soon as possible. Avoid touching your face.
According to the CDC, if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should also:
During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Supply chain protocols
We are closely monitoring our supply chain. The COVID-19 outbreak will disrupt the supply of critical medical products world wide. We will do everything possible to mitigate any shortages, but we ask that physicians remain judicious and strategic in their ordering and prescribing in an effort to help us minimize any impact. Staff members should remain diligent and proactive in the monitoring and use of supplies.
Updates to the situation
We receive new information daily on this rapidly changing health concern and will continue to provide regular updates as we monitor the situation. Thank you for your continued commitment and partnership as we navigate these challenging times together.
Sincerely wishing you continued good health!