IMPORTANT PRMC COVID-19 UPDATES

IMPORTANT PRMC COVID-19 UPDATES

Beginning today, 8/3/21, Pratt Regional Medical Center has adjusted its visitor policy based on the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the hospital and in our community. Our top priority continues to be the safety and health of our patients and staff.

PRMC will allow only 1 visitor per patient, at a time, in all departments of the hospital and clinics with the following exceptions:

  • No visitors that screen positive will be allowed. (All visitors and patients will be screened upon entry following current CMS and CDC guidelines.)
  • No visitors allowed for COVID-19 positive or suspected positive patients.
  • No visitors under the age of 12.

If visitors are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, PRMC is asking they avoid visiting unless they are seeking medical care as a patient. Masks are required at all times and PRMC continues to urge good hand hygiene and social distancing.

The restrictions are similar to those imposed prior to the widespread availability of the coronavirus vaccine. The rising case numbers are due almost exclusively to the delta variant of COVID-19, which is far more contagious and more intense than prior versions of the virus. Unvaccinated individuals are far more susceptible to infections.

COVID vaccines have proven to be effective against the variant, though "breakthrough" infections among vaccinated individuals have been reported. However, in almost all those cases, the symptoms have been relatively mild and did not require hospitalization.

While these restrictions may be difficult for patients and their loved ones, the hospital is taking these necessary steps to protect patients and staff from COVID-19.  We are concerned about your health as we continue to face this virus in our community, the clinics and the hospital.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as PRMC’s response evolves and protocols are updated.

Entry Points:

  • Complex main entrance (Open 7a-5p, other than MWF Opening at 5a);
  • Front main hospital entrance (Open 6a-4:30p)
  • Emergency Department / Switchboard entrance (24 hours, but doors will be locked between 11p and 6a and will require being buzzed in.)

Cafeteria:

  • PRMC Cafeteria is now closed for public dining.

Screening at Entrance: 

  • Reminder all patients and visitors must stop for screening upon entry to our hospital.  Don’t forget mask use is required on the PRMC campus. In order to follow CMS and CDC guidelines, we have enhanced our screening process effective 4/12/21. Please know that our screeners are simply doing their part to keep PRMC ready, safe and open for you!
     
  • Based on CDC guidance for hospitals, and for the safety of our patients and caregivers any person NOT seeking care today who cannot or refuses to wear a face covering at all times, or has a positive screening will not be permitted to enter. A positive screening includes any of the following: fever, any listed COVID-19 symptoms or if answers exposure questions positively.   Patients seeking care will ALWAYS be allowed in regardless of positive screening.

 

Elective Surgeries and Procedures:

All surgical patients will be required to have a COVID-19 test prior to surgery. Patient will be required to self-quarantine until surgery date. If patient tests positive, surgery will be delayed, unless urgent/emergent. 

PRMC Clinic Telehealth Visits:

Pratt Internal Medicine Group, PRMC Clinic Services in Dodge City, South Central Kansas Bone and Joint Center, The Surgicenter and Farmer Clinics in St. John and Stafford can use a mobile telehealth platform that keeps your information secure while allowing you to visit your doctor right from your own home or anywhere!  As long as you have a mobile phone that has video and audio capabilities, you or your provider may request a telehealth visit.  Please call the office and schedule as usual (or for appointments already scheduled, the office may be contacting you to switch to a telehealth visit).  We will walk you through the steps to get the process started.