MIDLAND – For the health and safety of all, MidMichigan Health is temporarily limiting access to its facilities to only patients, identified and approved support persons, staff and essential vendors.
“As we continue to see the community spread of COVID-19 increase, limiting the number of persons who enter our facilities is critical,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO, MidMichigan Health. “We implemented similar restrictions back in the spring and appreciated the support of our communities to do what we could to keep our patients and staff safe. Our focus to keep our patients at the center of all that we do is a commitment we have made and will continue to uphold no matter the situation.”
As with current practice, those entering a MidMichigan Health facility must first screen negative for symptoms of respiratory infection. These symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Then, upon entry, masks must be worn throughout the duration of the visit.
Examples of an approved support person are:
- A critical or dying patient.
- Obstetric patient.
- Pediatric patient or other type of dependent patient who needs parent/legal guardian/supportive person for representation or care.
- Emergency patient who is not able to speak for self/family member needed to provide information.
- Post procedure/surgery patient who needs a ride home.
- Patient who needs a translator.
In addition, no children visitors will be permitted in any care setting. Support people must be 16 years of age or older.
“With the implementation of these visitor limitations, it’s important our communities continue to seek medical care, our facilities are very safe, said Postler-Slattery. “Please don’t delay your care. Our promise to you remains the same. As your trusted health care provider, now more than ever, it is important to us that you feel safe to visit us for your care, and most importantly, to seek emergency care when every second counts. We are confident we will safely care for you.”
In addition to visitor limitations and entry screening, MidMichigan continues to follow other COVID-19 prevention protocols at all of its facilities. These include universal masking, additional cleaning and sanitizing measures, and modification of waiting rooms and reception areas to accommodate social distancing. Virtual care options for patient care needs, as well as online community education opportunities, are also now available.
MidMichigan offers several free electronic communication services that can help family and friends keep in touch while these visiting limitations are in effect:
- E-Cards (www.midmichigan.org/e-card): send electronic greetings to inpatients.
- Guest Wireless Internet Access (www.midmichigan.org/wireless): free wireless Internet access is available at all MidMichigan facilities. Healthy adult visitors at these sites may wish to bring a laptop or wireless device to communicate with family and friends via e-mail.
- Telephone: all inpatient and nursing home rooms have phones with free local calls. Visitors may also use their cell phones in designated areas.
As a service to the community, MidMichigan Health hosts a COVID-19 informational hotline with a reminder of CDC guidelines and recommendations. Staff is also available to help answer community questions Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hotline can be reached toll-free at 800-445-7356 or 989-794-7600. In addition, inquiries can be sent to MidMichigan Health via Facebook messenger at www.facebook.com/midmichigan. More information can also be found at www.midmichigan.org/covid19.
Those interested in a current list of COVID-19 testing site locations may visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirustest.