CHI MERCY HEALTH Visitor Guidance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2020
Contact: Keith Heuser, President
Phone: 701-845-6486
E-Mail: lisaurbatsch@catholichealth.net

CHI MERCY HEALTH
Visitor Guidance

Valley City, ND We understand how much it means to patients to have their loved ones with them during their hospitalization and outpatient visits. We at CHI Mercy Health want to keep the community informed of what our current visitation policies are.

All patients, visitors and support persons presenting to CHI Mercy Health will enter at Main Entrance Door #1 and will be screened at the front desk prior to entering facility. Patients, visitors and support persons will be required to wear a mask or face covering while in to the hospital. All visitors will check in and check out at the front desk and must go directly to hospital department and be in a patient’s room . Visitors may stay as long as they like but if they choose to leave the building they will not be allowed back in. This is designed to keep the numbers of people actually entering the hospital to a minimum.

Social distancing, masking, and hand sanitizing requirements will be maintained in all hospital departments. Any visitor who cannot manage the guidelines will be asked to leave the facility and if accompanying a patient, be asked to wait in his/her vehicle. CHI Mercy Health respects the rights of all community members; because of the services we provide, our first duty is to the safety and care of patients and staff. We will actively defend this duty and are confident that everyone visiting our facility will understand and do the same. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

CHI Mercy Health’s visitation restrictions effective July 27, 2020 are as follows:

  • Visitors are asked to stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness.
  • All visitors are required to wear a face covering and will be screened at the front desk prior to entry.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 (exceptions may be made at the discretion of the care team).
  • All visitors will use the Main Entrance (Door #1) and will check in and check out at the front desk.
  • PCU patients may have one visitor per day. This includes Acute, Observation, and Swingbedpatients.
  • Patient and visitor must remain masked during visitation.
  • An additional visitor will be allowed at the time of discharge.
  • Swingbed patients may have additional visitors outside (must maintain social distancing).
  • Emergency Department, Surgery, Pain, and Ambulatory Care patients may be accompanied by one healthy adult (must remain in patient’s room).
  • Compassionate care visitation – limited to two visitors at a time in the facility.
  • Pediatric patients or adult patients requiring a care giver may have one support person with them atall times.
  • Delivery drivers must be masked.

Please log onto CHI Mercy Health Website for COVID-19 updates

CHI Mercy Health Visitor Restrictions

Main Entrance Door #1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2020
Contact: Keith Heuser, President
Phone: 701-845-6486
E-Mail: lisaurbatsch@catholichealth.net

Valley City, ND – We understand how much it means to patients to have their loved ones with them during their hospitalization and outpatient visits.   The COVID-19 pandemic has made this nearly impossible.  Starting Tuesday, June 9, 2020 CHI Mercy Health is announcing that with the Governor declaring a green status for our state and testing being completed with no positive COVID results some of our visitor restrictions have been lifted so we can better serve our patients and community. We did not want to loosen some of our visitation rules until we were sure that we did not have any staff with the infection.

No visitor presenting to CHI Mercy Health will be allowed in the building without a mask.   All visitors will be screened at the front desk and verify that they have a mask.  Visitors will not be allowed to roam around the hospital.  Visitors must go directly to hospital department, check in with hospital staff and be in a patient’s room or designated waiting area.   Visitors may stay as long as they like but if they choose to leave the building they will not be allowed back in. Patient’s may have only one visitor per day. This is designed to keep the numbers of people actually entering the hospital to a minimum.  CHI Mercy Health will continue to follow stringent policies and procedures to make sure the hospital remains a safe environment.  Visitors are asked to stay home if they’re feeling ill or experiencing symptoms.

CHI Mercy Health’s new visitation guidelines are as follows:

  • One visitor per day for each acute/observation patient.
  • An additional visitor per patient at the time of discharge.
  • One per surgery or ambulatory care patient.
  • One per ED patient as appropriate.
  • Delivery Drivers may take their deliveries directly to the department that ordered them (outside of direct patient care areas) as long as they are masked and cleared by their company.

Visitor restrictions still apply for:

  • Use Main Entrance Door # 1.
  • South Door (nearest handicapped parking) will be locked.
  • All visitors will be screened upon arrival to the hospital.
  • Compassionate care visitation – Limit of 2 at a time in building.
  • Minor child visitor – No visitors under the age of 18.
  • Swing bed remains the same.

Thank you again for all of your support and for your steadfast commitment to CHI Mercy Health  and to our mission.

Please keep our dedicated caregivers and the patients they serve in your thoughts and prayers.

We’re strongly encouraging anyone who is suspicious of or concerned with COVID-19 exposure to PLEASE CALL 701-845-6400 FIRST prior to coming to the hospital / Emergency Room. Screening questions will be used during the phone call.   These along with additional screening procedures have been implemented to keep our patients and staff safe.

Please log onto CHI Mercy Health Website for COVID-19 updates.

CHI Mercy Health in Valley City continues to receive donations of cloth masks for visitors and out-patients.

CHI Mercy Health in Valley City continues to receive donations of cloth masks for visitors and out-patients. To aid in this effort , we have put together packets of material, elastic & instructions to make 10 masks.

If you’d like to help but don’t have the supplies, please pick up a packet (or even 2!) at the front desk of the hospital (door 1) to help us out!

Don’t forget to wear your mask when you come, as we support “universal masking” in our facility per CDC Guidelines.

Once you’re done sewing the masks, please return them to the front desk as soon as possible. Our goal is to collect 500 masks by the end of summer.

For questions please contact Steph Kruta or Amy Noeske @ 845-6400.

We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the community for your support during the COVID-19 pandemic!!

 

CHI MERCY HEALTH Community Board Memo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2020
Contact: Keith Heuser, President
Phone: 701-845-6486
E-Mail: lisaurbatsch@catholichealth.net

Valley City, ND  – We hope this finds you and your loved ones well. We want to stay in touch and keep you informed on developments across our ministry at CHI Mercy Health.

The health and safety of our employees, patients, visitors, and communities – are our highest priorities. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we continue to adjust our policies to help maintain everyone’s well-being.

The CDC recently released information that reports that even though one in four patients infected by COVID-19 are asymptomatic, they may still be contagious and might be able to pass on the virus to others.  In light of this new information, we are acting now instead of later across our ministry.

We are moving forward with a universal masking policy for our staff and anyone entering CHI Mercy Health effective April 9, 2020.  This means all of our employees in patient care areas will wear an appropriate mask while performing their duties in our facilities.  Our guidance states that cloth masks are appropriate in certain non-patient areas of our hospital.  Please wear a mask upon entering our facility.

By adopting universal masking, we are working ahead of the curve with the North Dakota Department of Health and CDC guidance.  You can help.  Donations of cloth masks will be accepted.  They can be dropped off at our facility.

Thank you again for all of your support and for your steadfast commitment to CHI Mercy Health  and to our mission.

Please keep our dedicated caregivers and the patients they serve in your thoughts and prayers.

We’re strongly encouraging anyone who is suspicious of or concerned with COVID-19 exposure to PLEASE CALL 701-845-6400 FIRST prior to coming to the hospital / Emergency Room. Screening questions will be used during the phone call.   These along with additional screening procedures have been implemented to keep our patients and staff safe.

Please log onto CHI Mercy Health Website for COVID-19 updates.

UPDATED: CHI Mercy Health Visitor Restrictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020
Contact: Keith Heuser, President
Phone: 701-845-6486
E-Mail: lisaurbatsch@catholichealth.net

Valley City, ND Due to the ongoing and increasing COVID19 threat, CHI Mercy Health is increasing visitor restrictions to NO VISITORS.  Use Main Entrance Door #1.

Main Entrance Door #1

Updated Visitor exceptions include:

  • Pediatric patients will be allowed 1 adult
  • Patients requiring caregivers
  • Critical care/End-of-life will be determined by unit manager
  • All visitors will be screened upon arrival to the hospital

We’re strongly encouraging anyone who is suspicious of or concerned with COVID-19 exposure to PLEASE CALL 701-845-6400 FIRST prior to coming to the hospital / Emergency Room. Screening questions will be used during the phone call. These along with additional screening procedures have been implemented to keep our patients and staff safe.  Please log onto CHI Mercy Health Website for updates on COVID-19.

CHI Mercy Health Visitor Restrictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2020
Contact: Keith Heuser, President
Phone: 701-845-6486
E-Mail: lisaurbatsch@catholichealth.net

Valley City, ND Due to the ongoing and increasing COVID19 threat, CHI Mercy Health is increasing visitor restrictions.

Main Entrance Door #1

New Visitor restrictions include:

  • Use Main Entrance Door # 1.
  • South Door (nearest handicapped parking) will be locked.
  • ONLY ONE person may be designated as a patient’s visitor. This is not one person at a time but only one person can be designated to visit the patient during the complete patient’s stay at the hospital.
  • All visitors will be screened upon arrival to the hospital

We’re strongly encouraging anyone who is suspicious of or concerned with COVID-19 exposure to PLEASE CALL 701-845-6400 FIRST prior to coming to the hospital / Emergency Room. Screening questions will be used during the phone call. These along with additional screening procedures have been implemented to keep our patients and staff safe.  Please log onto CHI Mercy Health Website for updates on COVID-19.

CHI MERCY HEALTH VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2020
Contact: Keith Heuser, President
Phone: 701-845-6486
E-Mail: lisaurbatsch@catholichealth.net

Valley City, ND  Due to President Trump’s National State of Emergency Disaster Declaration and precautionary measures, CHI Merch Health is implementing visitor restrictions until further notice.

Main Entrance Door #1

Visitor restrictions include:

  • Use Main Entrance Door # 1.
  • South Door (nearest handicapped parking) will be locked.
  • ONLY immediate family, without a fever, cough or runny nose will be allowed to visit
  • Visitation is restricted to ONE healthy family member at a time
  • All visitors will be screened upon arrival to the hospital

We’re requesting anyone who is suspicious of or concerned with COVID-19 exposure to PLEASE CALL 701-845-6400 FIRST prior to coming to the hospital / Emergency Room. Screening questions will be used during the phone call. These along with additional screening procedures have been implemented to keep our patients and staff safe.