COVID Screenings – July 21, 2020

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In order to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff we have added a mobile screening office.  This mobile unit will be easily identifiable and is located in the back of the facility.  We are asking all patients to call 815-772-5511 between the hours of 8:00AM – 5:00PM Monday through Sunday.  A healthcare provider will screen patients over the phone and make recommendations based upon the phone screening.  If you do not call prior to arriving, we cannot guarantee your wait times.  Patients that have called and scheduled an appointment will be given first priority. 

All other clinic patients will continue to use the front entrance and a member of our hospital team will be conducting a standardized screening process.

Pam Pfister, CEO, stated, “The mobile unit was added as part of our ongoing efforts to protect our community and patients.  Morrison Community Hospital continues to serve our patients with safeguards that include:”

  • Screening all employees for symptoms before they begin their work day.  They are taking their temperatures twice a day and immediately upon arrival before they interact with patients. 
  • We are pre-screening all patients for COVID 19 symptoms prior to surgery and/or procedure.
  • All surgical patients will be tested for COVID 19 within 72 hours of surgery. 
  • Environmental services has been and will continue to perform rigorous disinfecting measures.
  • Visitor and vendor restrictions will continue to be enforced.
  • Universal Masking will be mandatory for all staff, visitors, and patients this includes anyone over the age of two.  We are encouraging all visitors and patients to use their own masks.
  • Waiting room distancing – waiting room distancing has been arranged to ensure social distancing.  When applicable, patients may be asked to wait in their cars.
  • All surgical patients will be met at the door by a surgical nurse and the patients temperature will be taken before registering.  Family members will be asked to wait in their cars.  The OR staff will keep in contact with the family member providing updates via cell phones.  Patients under the age of 18 will be allowed one family member and/or guardian to accompany them.  Individuals requiring a wheelchair for ambulating will also be allowed one person to accompany them as well.

We want to thank our patients and community members for assisting us in keeping our communities healthy.  Both our primary and specialty clinics will continue to use telehealth options when appropriate.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 815-772-4003. 

Public Announcement – June 19th

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Effective Saturday June 20, we will be resuming our “walk in” clinic seven days a week.  The clinic hours are Monday – Sunday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

In order to ensure the safety of our entire patient population, we are asking all patients exhibiting COVID and respiratory symptoms to wait in their car. Patients will continue to use the ground floor entrance and call 815-772-5505.  You will be screened over the phone and a healthcare provider will make recommendations based upon the phone screening. 

Beginning July 6, we will be closing the COVID clinic located on the ground floor.  We will still require patients with upper respiratory or COVID symptoms to call 815-772-5511 and be screened over the phone.  All clinic patients will use the front entrance and signage will be posted.

We want to thank our patients and community members for assisting us in keeping our communities healthy.  Both our primary and specialty clinics will continue to use telehealth options whenever appropriate to maintain the social distancing requirements.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 815-772-4003. 

Public Announcement – May 6th

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As announced by Illinois Department of Public Health, beginning May 11 hospitals in the State of Illinois may resume elective surgeries. Morrison Community Hospital announced plans to begin a phased, measured and clinically lead process to resume surgeries for certain elective and procedures.

Effective May 12,Morrison Community Hospital will gradually introduce the availability of elective surgeries and procedures while continuing efforts to serve our patients. We will proceed in stages with guidance from local health officials, state, and CDC guidance. “This planning has been led by our clinicians and we are prepared to safely introduce elective procedures”, stated Dr. George Georgiev, Medical Director.

Pam Pfister, CEO, stated “we will continue to implement CDC recommended infection control precautions with enhanced safeguards to minimize exposure”. These additional safeguards include:

  • Screening all employees for symptoms before they begin their work day. They are taking their temperature immediately upon arrival before they interact with patients.
  • We are pre-screening all patients for COVID 19 symptoms prior to surgery and/or procedure.
  • All surgical patients will be tested for COVID 19 within 72 hours of surgery.
  • Environmental services has been and will continue to perform rigorous disinfecting measures.
  • Visitor and vendor restrictions will continue to be enforced.
  • Universal Masking with be mandatory for all staff, visitors, and patients this includes anyone over the age of two. We are encouraging all visitors and patients to use their own masks.
  • Waiting room distancing – waiting room distancing has been arranged to ensure social distancing. The Family Care Clinic of the first floor will enforce an occupancy max of 10.
  • All surgical patients will be met at the door by a surgical nurse and the patients temperature will be taken before registering. Family members will be asked to wait in their cars. The OR staff will keep in contact with the family member providing updates via cell phones. Patients under the age of 18 will be allowed one family member and/or guardian to accompany them. Individuals requiring a wheelchair for ambulating will also be allowed one person to accompany them as well.

With the reintroduction of elective procedures, our staff will begin contacting patients to schedule and/or reschedule procedures. Clinical judgment to prioritize scheduling for patients will be based upon most immediate needs.

For our clinic services, we are continuing services through telehealth and gradually scheduling face-toface visits. All clinic patients will be asked to wait in their cars and screened by our admitting staff prior to being called in for their visit.

“Our return to surgery and clinic services approach is in compliance with county, state, and federal guidelines. Our staff is working closely with our physicians to keep our patients, associates, and community safe through this time of transition”, stated Pam Pfister, CEO. If you have any questions regarding elective surgeries, please call 815-772-5511.

April 24th COVID-19 Press Release

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Public Update:  Morrison Community Hospital is continuing to restrict all visitors and non-essential vendors.  We appreciate our community and patients support during this challenging time.

As we continue to work through the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we want to remind the public that we are screening and testing patients who exhibit suspected symptoms of COVID-19 on the ground floor “former clinic” area seven days a week 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  This area is isolated for individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms only.  The entrance is located on the south side of the hospital (Knox Street) with directional signage provided.  Patients are then asked to call 815-772-5505 to be registered and a provider will then call to initiate the screening process.  If testing is necessary, the provider will make the decision as to whether or not the individual should be tested.  In many cases, the patients are screened at curbside.  This is the best clinical practice to avoid any additional contact with other potentially infected patients.

All other patients can be seen in the Family Care Clinic with new hours of operation. Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (closed on the weekends).   If you prefer not to come to the hospital you can take advantage of clinic services utilizing telehealth through your phone or computer.  Telehealth visits can be arranged with a primary care physician, therapist, specialty physician or other hospital provider. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the clinic at 815-772-5511. We want our patients to know that we are here for your healthcare needs. 

Our WALK-IN services are available on Saturday and Sundays via telehealth as well.  Please call 815-7725505. You will be screened over the phone and a healthcare provider will make recommendations based upon the phone screening.  The process is quite simple and we want our patients to know that we committed to addressing their healthcare needs and have developed options for keeping our communities healthy. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health in coordination with the Illinois Poison Control Center have launched the Illinois Coronavirus Hotline and email address to answer questions Local Health Departments, clinicians, and the general public may have regarding the 2019 novel Coronavirus. To contact The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) call 1-800-889-3931 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV

I know it has been difficult not having our customary freedom and not seeing our children and grandchildren, but the extra precautions will be rewarded in the long run.  A team effort is necessary from us all to champion this virus.  Thank you to our community for maintaining your social distancing and maintaining positive attitudes.  We will get through this!

Pam Pfister, CEO