Practice Made Perfect

As the battle against COVID-19 continues, the top priority of the Saline Memorial Hospital Emergency Department remains: providing safe, high-quality patient care to our community. 

 With so much of our daily lives changing, from avoiding unnecessary outings to wearing masks, we recognize the thought of seeking medical attention can prompt many questions about your own health and safety. 

 Across the United States, health care providers are seeing the effects of delaying emergency care: increased cardiac arrests, delayed stroke presentations and more. I cannot emphasize enough that delaying much-needed emergency care is extremely dangerous and will only create more complications related to your clinical issue. If you have a medical emergency or are in need of services from the emergency room, do not delay coming to the hospital to get the medical attention you need. 

 While the Saline Memorial clinical team is prepared to care for patients with COVID-19, we have taken unprecedented steps to ensure we are ready to treat other emergencies, including sudden or acute illnesses, injuries or symptoms, and we are dedicated to continuing to provide this care to our community. We are taking every precaution to protect you and all those who enter our doors. 

• Everyone—including patients, patient families and clinicians—is required to wear a face mask at all times. 

• The Emergency Department has adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

• Patients and clinicians must maintain social distancing when possible, including in waiting rooms and exam rooms.

• COVID-19 patients or suspected COVID-19 patients must wait in a separate section of the waiting area.

• Our Environmental Services teams have increased our already frequent sanitization practices. 

 I am pleased that Saline Memorial’s Emergency Department has partnered with TeamHealth, a leading physician practice with a national footprint and impressive network of health care facilities, particularly during a time like this. 

 TeamHealth employs more than 16,000 health care providers in the United States, including some of the industry leaders working tirelessly to provide the latest information about this novel virus so that all TeamHealth clinicians can implement the most effective, up-to-date treatment for COVID-19 patients and incorporate the best protective protocols for everyone else. In fact, TeamHealth recently released a COVID-19 operational assessment guide for hospital leaders. This tool offers well-researched best practices that will guide our peers across the nation and us, both during this pandemic and in our preparation to return to normalcy in the post-pandemic environment.

 With access to these valuable resources and the network of support TeamHealth provides, the clinicians in the Saline Memorial Emergency Department look forward to continuing to serve you. We are committed to providing the best emergency care to our community and dedicated to promoting health and safety, both now and after COVID-19.