Washington Court House, OHIO (March 17, 2020) – As the coronavirus
continues to spread across the United States, Fayette County Memorial
Hospital (FCMH) continues to ensure the safety of patients, staff and
the community. The healthcare organization has joined regional and state
hospitals in cancelling all elective, non-urgent surgeries effective Wednesday, March 18.
The organization is partnering with Adena Health System for community education
surrounding COVID-19. Community members with questions and concerns about
COVID19 are encouraged to call the Adena Coronavirus Hotline at 740-542-SAFE
(7233). The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to
answer questions and concerns.
Individuals with respiratory issues or symptoms related to the COVID-19
virus are being directed to Medical Arts Building 2. While there are currently
no swabbing stations, no appointment is needed for those wishing to see
a provider. Patients should call 740-333- 3333 prior to arrival weekdays
from 8:00am – 8:00 pm. Depending on the severity of the illness,
patients may be examined in their vehicle. Designated parking spaces for
this have been reserved between Medical Arts Building 2 and the hospital.
On weekends, patients should call 740-335-1210 and follow the same procedure.
Dr. Emily Johnson, Rural Health Center Medical Director, reminds the public
however that testing is only being done on patients who need medical intervention
or hospitalization. According to the Ohio Department of Health guidelines,
providers will determine if a patient is eligible for COVID-19 testing.
“That decision is based on symptoms, travel history or exposure
to a confirmed patient. Those patients who experience difficulty breathing
and need to be seen immediately should use the Emergency Department,”
explained Johnson. “In order to preserve our testing kits, those
patients who are sick and exhibit signs of the flu or what could be COVID-19
and do not require medical care, are asked to self-isolate at home.”
While the facility is still closed to visitors and all patients are being
assessed at entry points, the Emergency Department and Same Day Care Clinic
are still open to community members who need immediate medical care. Scheduled
visits at Medical & Surgical Associates are being evaluated daily
and postponed for the patient’s safety when appropriate. Medical
& Surgical Associates is preparing to offer home visits to high-risk
patients, and provide alternatives to scheduled appointments that include
telephone, web portal or telemedicine visits. Patients are encouraged
to take advantage of online services by enrolling in the My Health Chart
portal for the FCMH Physician Practices portal using the link of the same
name at www.fcmh.org.
Other appointments and procedures such as the Coumadin clinic, wound clinic,
endoscopy therapy and specialty visits continue as planned at FCMH, but
are subject to change, explained FCMH CEO Mike Diener. “Our caregivers
are working diligently to ensure patients with scheduled appointments
and procedures may do so without the risk of potential contamination.
This is an ever-changing situation and FCMH is going to adapt as needed.
At some point, if the risk of contaminating others becomes too great,
or we have a high volume of COVID-19 patients who need our attention,
we may have to put all nonessential appointments, procedures and tests
on hold. Our team is evaluating the situation daily and adjusting as needed.”