For several months, leaders and employees at CaroMont Health have been
working with local health officials and emergency management leaders to
prepare for a highly contagious respiratory pathogen like COVID-19. Once
the virus took hold in cities across the country, the health system convened
a task force of health system leaders, including medical and nursing leader,
infection prevention specialists and experts from across all operational
disciplines to plan our response to a local outbreak of COVID-19.
In the days since COVID-19 began to spread across the country, leaders
at CaroMont Health have been meeting to discuss the operations, logistics,
medical and clinical resources, staffing, financial planning and technology
needed for the health system to deal with the virus for months to come.
With recent news the virus is spreading throughout the community, preparation
and readiness has become more urgent. For us, that means activating response
plans, suspending non-essential programs and services, and redeploying
employees to critical functions. Over the last few weeks, we’ve
postponed non-essential functions, like elective surgeries and procedures
and annual wellness check-ups and well visits in the doctor’s office.
Volunteers, non-essential vendors, students, and clergy and spiritual
leaders have also been asked to suspend activities in the health system.
Additionally, a “no visitation” policy was recently put into
place to reduce the number of people visiting CaroMont Regional Medical
Center, the Birthplace, Courtland Terrace and physician's offices.