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Infirmary Health will host appointment-only drive through testing sites on Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31

Friday, March 27, 2020

For patients showing symptoms of COVID-19, Infirmary Health will host appointment-only drive through testing sites on Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31. To schedule an appointment to be tested, please call the Infirmary Health COVID-19 testing hotline at 251-341-2819. The hotline will be open daily from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. until Sunday, March 29. Appointments are limited, and the registered nurse performing the initial screening on the phone will determine whether patients need to be tested for COVID-19 based on CDC criteria. Please see attached for more information.

These COVID-19 drive through testing sites are separate from the Diagnostic & Medical Clinic Medical Evaluation sites. For more information on DMC’s Medical Evaluation sites, please call 251-435-1106. 

Diagnostic and Medical Clinic evaluating all symptomatic persons beginning Monday, March 30

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mobile, Ala. — Diagnostic and Medical Clinic (DMC), an affiliate of Infirmary Health, in cooperation with the City of Mobile, will have evaluations for individuals with fever, cough or trouble breathing beginning Monday, March 30 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Screenings will take place at 1700 Springhill Ave. and 831 C Hillcrest Road in Mobile.

Existing DMC and non-DMC patients who are exhibiting symptoms can be evaluated by a physician at these evaluation sites. Patients will be screened for infections such as cold, flu or strep. If deemed necessary by CDC and ADPH guidelines, they may be tested for COVID-19. Patients must be showing one of the following symptoms to be seen by a physician: fever, cough or shortness of breath.

If you are not symptomatic, stay at home, and do not come to the screening locations. If you have questions about whether or not you need to be screened, call the DMC Hotline at
251-435-1106. The hotline is staffed with DMC clinicians, and patients can leave a message if the line is busy or it is after clinic hours.

You do not need to be an existing patient of DMC to be seen. However, appointments are required. To make an appointment, please call 251-435-1106. Please be prepared to present valid ID and insurance information.

The City of Mobile will be providing support to DMC in this effort. We appreciate their support to help us care for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diagnostic and Medical Clinic is the largest private multi-specialty clinic in the state of Alabama. They have been serving the Gulf Coast region for over 70 years with more than 80 physicians, 20 specialties and with eight locations across the area. For more information on their specialties, please visit diagnosticandmedical.com. If you have questions or concerns about an existing appointment with a DMC physician, please call 251-435-1200.

Infirmary Health receives two positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, March 20

Friday, March 20, 2020

Mobile, Ala. — On March 20, 2020, Infirmary Health received two positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). These cases are in addition to the positive case received at North Baldwin Infirmary on March 14, 2020. The first patient is currently isolated at Thomas Hospital, and the second patient is isolated at home after receiving a test at Mobile Infirmary. All staff who are caring for potential and positive COVID-19 patients are practicing universal precautions to protect themselves and others from contracting the virus.

“Infirmary Health continues to protect the safety of our patients, community and staff. We have been preparing for the spread of COVID-19 since early February when we activated our existing Emergency Preparedness and Influx of Infectious Patients plans. We have since made tighter adjustments to our visitation policy, staff precautions, outpatient services and travel policy,” says Mark Nix, President & CEO of Infirmary Health. “We appreciate the community’s support and cooperation during this difficult time. We encourage anyone who feels ill to remain at home, as to not risk infecting the healthy population. Patients and community members should continue to follow the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for the virus just as healthcare workers are doing.”

For patients showing symptoms of COVID-19, Infirmary Health is launching appointment-only drive through testing sites beginning Monday, March 23. To schedule an appointment to be tested, please call the Infirmary Health COVID-19 testing hotline beginning Sunday, March 22 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Appointments are limited, and the registered nurse performing the initial screening on the phone will determine whether patients need to be tested for COVID-19 based on CDC criteria. The hotline phone number is 251-341-CV19 and will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily from March 22 until March 27.

As always, Infirmary Health is here to provide exceptional care to all of our patients at all of our facilities. We will continue to serve our communities with the healthcare they need and appreciate their support during this time. Additionally, Infirmary Health remains in close contact with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and CDC to receive the most up to date information on COVID-19.

Infirmary Health Rescheduling of Elective Procedures due to COVID-19

Thursday, March 19, 2020

During the National Pandemic regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), Infirmary Health has implemented several revised policies and procedures regarding hospital visitation, outpatient services and staff education. Effective at 5 p.m. today, based on direction received from Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, all Infirmary Health elective surgical and outpatient procedures will be rescheduled. This includes procedures scheduled for the following locations:
-          Mobile Infirmary
-          North Baldwin Infirmary
-          Thomas Hospital
-          Thomas Medical Center
-          Infirmary Eastern Shore

An elective procedure is defined as any procedure that can be rescheduled without life-threatening implications or permanent dysfunction of an organ system or limb. This rescheduling does not apply to imaging procedures. All rescheduling will be handled on a case-by-case basis with direct physician oversight. If you are a patient and need more information on if and when your procedure will be rescheduled, please contact your physician’s office directly. No new elective procedures will be scheduled until further notice.

For more information on Infirmary Health’s revised policies and procedures during the national pandemic regarding COVID-19, please visit infirmaryhealth.org. We understand that many of these revisions are outside of normal routine, and we appreciate our staff’s, patients’ and community’s cooperation during this state of emergency.

If you feel ill, please do not go out into the community and risk infecting other individuals. Please stay home, practice social distancing and call your doctor for more information about your care. If you do not have a doctor, please call the ADPH hotline at 1-888-264-2256. For more information about COVID-19, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.

2020 Infirmary Health Duathlon Cancelled

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Mobile, Ala. — In concordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines regarding group events, Infirmary Health has canceled the 10th Annual Duathlon, which was scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020. Infirmary Health is dedicated to protecting the safety of our community members, and we felt it necessary to cancel the Duathlon in order to keep everyone safe.

All participants who have already registered for the Duathlon will be able to pick up their T-shirts at a later date. Please visit infirmaryduathlon.com for more information about when and where to pick up your shirt(s). All monies raised thus far will be donated to The Fuse Project as planned. Infirmary Health and the Infirmary Foundation appreciate the community’s continued support of the Duathlon, and we look forward to hosting the event in future years.

Infirmary Health continues to work with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay abreast of the latest developments with COVID-19. We will continue to work with our public health officials to provide a safe and healthy environment for all staff and patients within our facilities and for any hospital-facilitated activities. We receive daily updates from the CDC and ADPH and can make adjustments to our Infectious Influx Plan as necessary.

If you have traveled outside of the US to a country with known COVID-19 outbreaks or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms, travel and your exposure to a COVID-19 patient. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can call the ADPH hotline at 1-888-264-2256. If you are sick, please do not go out into the community and risk infecting other individuals.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.

Infirmary Health Modified Vendor Policy effective Monday, March 16

Monday, March 16, 2020

To further protect the health of our patients, staff and the community and to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Infirmary Health is modifying its vendor policy, effective Monday, March 16 at 5 a.m. until further notice.  Segregating vendor entry points from public entry points may create some inconvenience; however, your cooperation is appreciated.

Modified Vendor Policy
·         All routine vendor appointments are suspended until further notice.
·         Vendor visits should be limited to the following:
o   In support of a physician caring for a patient
o   To deliver necessary supplies, instrumentation and/or equipment
o   To pick up instrumentation and/or equipment that has been used in the care of a patient
·         Screening questions and temperature checks will be required at the appointed vendor entrance prior to gaining access to the facility.
o   Upon entry to the facility, please continue to utilize IntelliCentrics via your regular kiosk location

Patient care is our top priority; therefore, please use your best judgment to determine if your presence will benefit our patients within the Infirmary Health community. Should there be any questions, you may contact departmental management for which you are providing service.

·         Any vendor or contractor should refrain from entering any Infirmary Health facility who has flu-like symptoms or who has traveled outside the U.S. or to any area within the U.S. where COVID-19 is known to be active.
·         Vendors and contractors presenting at the following Infirmary Health facilities will be directed to the following entry points:
o   Mobile Infirmary – Receiving Dock Entrance
o   North Baldwin Infirmary – Main Entrance
o   Thomas Hospital – Main Entrance
o   Infirmary LTAC Hospital – Receiving Dock Entrance (same as Mobile Infirmary)
o   Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital – Receiving Dock Entrance (same as Mobile Infirmary)
o   Colony Rehabilitation Hospital – Main Entrance (same as Thomas Hospital)
As always, all those whose work takes them into the healthcare environment are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available) and to thoroughly disinfect surfaces to help protect against the spread of viruses.

We appreciate your cooperation and patients as we strive to maintain a safe setting for patient care.  Infirmary Health reserves the right to modify or change any of the policies listed at any time.

Infirmary Health restricts all visitors effective Monday, March 16 at 5 a.m.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Mobile, Ala. — Effective Monday, March 16 at 5 a.m., Infirmary Health will restrict all visitors at each acute care and rehabilitation facility, including Mobile Infirmary, North Baldwin Infirmary, Thomas Hospital, Infirmary Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital and Colony Rehabilitation Hospital. Only one caregiver deemed necessary to the patient’s care and well-being by hospital personnel will be permitted to enter our facilities, and all such visitors must be screened prior to entering. All personnel performing the screenings have been provided with guidelines of caregivers who meet this criteria, and each situation will be critically evaluated. Additionally, all allowed caregivers and patient admissions will enter through one entrance at each hospital.

Infirmary Health is dedicated to keeping our patients, employees and providers safe. While this updated policy differs from normal routine, we feel it is necessary to ensure the safety of all parties involved, and we appreciate the community’s cooperation with this effort during the National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

If you feel ill, please do not go out into the community and risk infecting other people. If you feel that you have come into contact with COVID-19, please call the Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) hotline at 1-888-264-2256. If the line is busy, please hang up and try again. ADPH will provide you with instructions on what to do next and with information on where you can be tested. Infirmary Health continues to work in conjunction with ADPH and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay abreast of the latest developments with COVID-19. We receive daily updates from the CDC and ADPH and can adjust our Infectious Influx Plan as necessary.

Our health system has taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff. We have developed processes to properly screen and isolate individuals who present to our hospitals and who meet the CDC criteria for the virus. To contain the spread of the virus, all patients are screened through the Admission and Emergency Departments. Patients suspected of COVID-19 are provided with a facemask and isolated. Healthcare workers wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while caring for patients under investigation. Staff are also being monitored to ensure everyone’s safety.
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Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo to cancel Spring Fever Chase 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020
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March 13, 2020
Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo to cancel Spring Fever Chase
Fairhope, Ala. — Out of an abundance of caution and to continue to protect the community, Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo have decided to cancel the 42nd Annual Spring Fever Chase, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020. Thomas Hospital, an affiliate of Infirmary Health, does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at this time, but in order to keep all parties safe, we, in concordance with Wells Fargo, made the decision to cancel the event.

All participants who have already registered for Spring Fever Chase will be able to pick up their T-shirts at a later date. Please visit springfeverchase.com for more information about when and where to pick up your shirt(s). All monies raised thus far will be donated to Baldwin County Schools’ physical education programs as planned. Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo appreciate the community’s continued support of Spring Fever Chase, and we look forward to hosting the event in future years.

Infirmary Health continues to work with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay abreast of the latest developments with COVID-19. We will continue to work with our public health officials to provide a safe and healthy environment for all staff and patients within our facilities and for any hospital-facilitated activities. We receive daily updates from the CDC and ADPH and can make adjustments to our Infectious Influx Plan as necessary.

If you have traveled outside of the US to a country with known COVID-19 outbreaks or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms, travel and your exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- nCoV/summary.html.

Media Contact: Hannah Peterson (251) 435-3902 Hannah.Peterson@infirmaryhealth.org

Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo to cancel Spring Fever Chase 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020
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March 13, 2020

Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo to cancel Spring Fever Chase

Fairhope, Ala. — Out of an abundance of caution and to continue to protect the community, Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo have decided to cancel the 42nd Annual Spring Fever Chase, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020. Thomas Hospital, an affiliate of Infirmary Health, does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at this time, but in order to keep all parties safe, we, in concordance with Wells Fargo, made the decision to cancel the event.

All participants who have already registered for Spring Fever Chase will be able to pick up their T-shirts at a later date. Please visit springfeverchase.com for more information about when and where to pick up your shirt(s). All monies raised thus far will be donated to Baldwin County Schools’ physical education programs as planned. Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo appreciate the community’s continued support of Spring Fever Chase, and we look forward to hosting the event in future years.

Infirmary Health continues to work with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay abreast of the latest developments with COVID-19. We will continue to work with our public health officials to provide a safe and healthy environment for all staff and patients within our facilities and for any hospital-facilitated activities. We receive daily updates from the CDC and ADPH and can make adjustments to our Infectious Influx Plan as necessary.

If you have traveled outside of the US to a country with known COVID-19 outbreaks or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms, travel and your exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- nCoV/summary.html.

Media Contact: Hannah Peterson (251) 435-3902 Hannah.Peterson@infirmaryhealth.org

Mobile Infirmary Modified Visitor Policy, effective Friday, March 13

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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Infirmary Health Modified Visitor Policy, effective Friday, March 13

To further protect the health of our patients, staff and the community and to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Infirmary Health is modifying its visitor policy, effective Friday, March 13, at 5 a.m. until further notice.  Facilities impacted by this modification include:

Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
Infirmary LTACH Hospital
Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital
 
Modified Visitor Policy
• Any visitor should refrain from entering Mobile Infirmary Medical Center who has flu-like symptoms or who has traveled outside the U.S. or to any area within the U.S. where COVID-19 is known to be active.
• Visitors presenting at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center are directed to enter via the Main Entrance and Atrium Entrance, both located in the front of the facility.
• Visitors will be limited to two (2) per inpatient at a time.  If the patient is in isolation, only one (1) visitor at a time is allowed, and that visitor will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by the facility.
• Visitation hours are unchanged and remain 5 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. daily. ICU visitation hours may vary.
  
As always, all members of our workforce – as well as patients and visitors – are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available) and thoroughly disinfect surfaces to help protect against the spread of germs and viruses.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we strive to maintain a safe setting for patient care. Infirmary Health reserves the right to modify or change any of the policies listed at any time.

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