Perry County Memorial Hospital would like to take a moment to reach out to you to update you with guidance on the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) for Perry and surrounding counties.
Perry County Memorial Hospital is continuing to monitor the local and global health situation around the novel coronavirus disease. Our understanding of COVID-19 and its risks to our communities continues to evolve on a daily basis. In coordination with local health officials, PCMH will work quickly to provide you with up-to-date information for keeping you, your family, and our community safe.
As an organization we are fully committed in assuring we are prepared for this pandemic. We have spent countless hours over the last few months researching, planning, educating, constructing and reevaluating our plans. We have completely restructured our emergency management plans to conform to the needs of this current pandemic and did so while working closely with local practitioners, Perry County Health Department, Perry County Sheriff Department and EMA.
We have plans in place to effectively treat a surge of patients whether they be ambulatory and discharge is appropriate or if they require admission. As a critical access hospital, we are typically bound by regulations directing the number of patients we can have at any given time. During this pandemic, waivers have been granted allowing us to take as many patients as we can safely care for as the need arises. In order to do this we have devised a plan to expand our typical maximum capacity, properly identify abilities, train and reassign nurses and other staff and develop a patient flow that will keep everyone as protected as possible.
At present time, we have the personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to protect ourselves and our other patients and have the ability to test appropriate patients for Covid-19 if they meet the criteria identified by ISDH. Community members have reached out and volunteered to construct masks that we have sanitized and available to us if we are to run out if this lasts for a long period of time and PPE becomes scarce. We report quantities of supplies daily to the State of Indiana on a dedicated website and they use this information to assure we have what we need as they dip into the Strategic National Stockpile as supplies are scarce nationwide.
A disaster tent has been constructed on site and a plan to divert traffic with the use of increased security to keep these higher risk patients in their cars and/or receiving care in the heated/air conditioned outdoor facility that is properly illuminated, has running water and is fully stocked to keep them away from the facility unless they need additional care in the emergency room or admission into the hospital. It has been reported that there are not enough ventilators but we have spent a great amount of time discussing our needs and options. We have one vent that can be used to ventilate up to 4 people if need be in addition to anesthesia machines, portable vents, transport vents, BiPAP machines and disposable ventilators. We also have the ability to rent or purchase additional ventilators as needed. Our management agreement with St. Vincent comes with a great deal of support and an agreement that they will take critical patients from us if we need them to. A program is being put into place now to obtain eICU telemedicine services to assist the hospitalists should we need additional physicians (and a plan in place to obtain additional hospitalists and ER physicians as the need arises to handle an influx of patients). With a smaller hospital comes a special set of challenges and we know this, have identified these challenges, worked through them, identified potential roadblocks and created workflow for them. The amount of time spent on preparing to keep the community safe and healthy has been commendable and likely shocking to those looking in if they had the ability. This hospital is a great asset to the surrounding communities and we are giving it everything we have to provide the care you deserve from us. We know what we can do, we know our limitations and we are committed to assuring you get nothing but the greatest care possible when you step foot on our property whether it be a normal day or during a pandemic. We are here for you every day
Seek medical attention if, in the past 14 days, you:
If visiting a PCMH Clinic, please call (812) 547-3447 before arriving. Clinic staff will provide directions on where to park and enter the building.
If visiting Perry County Memorial Hospital, please call (812) 547-7011 before arriving. The hospital staff will provide directions on where to go to be seen.
Upon arrival at the hospital, you will park at the hospital Emergency Department Ambulance Entrance in designated parking.
Hospital staff will meet you at your car.
You will be given a face mask and asked to clean your hands with hand sanitizer.
If a person comes with you, that person will be directed where to park your car.
You will be escorted to a negative pressure room for your care.
If you think you have COVID-19 and need to call EMS or 911, inform EMS or the 911 operator of your symptoms, if you have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have recently visited a country that has experienced an outbreak (China, Italy).
Perry County Memorial Hospital has implemented visitor restrictions since March 13, 2020. If you are visiting the hospital, please follow the guidance below.
The following department’s visitor restrictions are in place:
*Hardship cases will be reviewed for limited visitation
Visitors should enter through the Emergency Room entrance, this is the only open entrance. To allow entry into the hospital, visitors will be screened for symptoms of coronavirus. If a visitor enters the hospital, he or she will be restricted to the patient’s room or surgery and outpatient waiting area.
Hospital Service Cancellations/Reschedules
The hospital cafeteria will be closed to the public. If visitors need anything from the cafeteria, please inform the patient’s nurse.
Though there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Perry or surrounding counties, we are taking this precaution for the safety of our patients, staff members, and community.
Perry County Memorial Hospital appreciates your assistance to protect our staff and patients and for thinking of us while we are in the midst of a pandemic.
PCMH is accepting home made masks. Please follow this guideline and use a high thread count if possible. Masks may be dropped off with a staff member at the Emergency Room Entrance.
Perry County Memorial Hospital greatly appreciates the community’s support during the coronavirus pandemic. We would like to specifically thank these groups: