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OpEd: Bob Copple provides hospital update - July

In early March, we developed a COVID-19-specific preparedness plan to ensure that our hospital and Emergency Department would be ready for any sudden influx of patients that might occur.

That plan remains in place and can be adjusted and/or scaled up or down as needed. Because we are part of Ascension, we also are able to draw upon the supplies, equipment and staff resources of our regional and national ministry should we need to.

To further reduce any risk for exposure, we also are requiring universal masking and limiting visitation to one visitor per patient, per day from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. and not allowing any visitors in our Emergency Department or designated COVID-19 patient areas.

As a result, we stand ready and prepared to serve our community as we may be called upon. It is critical that we remind our community to not ignore any symptoms they might be experiencing. Delaying essential care could lead to more serious medical conditions or complications.
Despite the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Riley and the surrounding counties, to date, we have only seen a small number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and are managing well. Should this change and we are faced with an influx of patients, we will adapt our policies and procedures accordingly so that we can continue to provide the safe, quality care that our community has come to rely on.

With Riley County supporting Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask ordinance, we must all remember to wear masks in public, especially when social distancing isn’t possible. In addition, we want to thank you for your efforts to help us slow the spread of COVID-19. We can get through this together, but must remember that while this has been a long road, we have to pay attention to the trends. We might be tired of COVID-19, but the virus isn’t through with us yet. Please remember to continue to stay home when you can. This will be even more important to remember as students begin preparing for the upcoming school year.

About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.