Hospital week had deeper meaning this year as the Medical Center Enterprise team celebrated its work to provide safe, high-quality care for patients.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it crystal clear just how much communities rely on their local hospitals and also how much they rely on the community.
During the past few weeks, there has been an outpouring of support and the staff is grateful to everyone who has delivered a meal, sewn a facemask, left a card, a sign or a chalk drawing, or who has just reached out to one of the caregivers and support team to say – thank you. Thank you for doing that.
Medical Center Enterprise is used to responding in times of crisis. But, this pandemic is unlike anything anyone has ever experienced. It has created anxiety for many people, especially when it comes to seeking healthcare services.
The community can count on MCE to maintain a safe environment for patients and employees. They are taking extraordinary measures – going above and beyond normal efforts to keep Medical Center Enterprise clean and safe – because those who need healthcare should feel confident and to know they are protected.
Everyone who comes into the hospital is screened, provided facemasks and other personal protective equipment to staff and patients, environments are rearranged to enable social distancing, and, in the event there are patients with COVID-19 at the hospital, area that is separate and isolated from the rest of the hospital is where they will receive care. The cleaning staff is disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and doing a terrific job of keeping MCE clean.
For those who have sudden symptoms that may indicate an emergency health concern, seek immediate medical attention. Tragically, people with serious emergencies, including heart attacks and stroke, are waiting too long for medical care. Getting fast medical treatment could be the difference between life and death – so don’t ignore or rationalize the signs of a health emergency. Call 911, come to the hospital, and get the help needed.
The same goes for chronic conditions and even routine healthcare needs. Many of the doctors offer telehealth visits for those who prefer not to come into the office. But, if an in-person visit is required, the offices are being kept safe.
During hospital week, the team was celebrated for the way they have stepped up to this new normal. The community has stayed home to help flatten the curve and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Standing together the human connection is powerful. Stay six feet apart, wash hands frequently and tell someone how much they are appreciated. For those needing healthcare, don’t be afraid. MCE is prepared to care for and keep patients safe.