BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree and Swedish Medical Center in Englewood are both part of the HealthONE Network. Stephanie Sullivan, Assistant Vice-President, Media Relations and Video Content for HCA Healthcare/Health ONE-Denver, told us that Swedish and all
HealthONE facilities have enacted several policies in addition to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to enhance the safety of its patients and health care workers:
In addition, HealthONE has issued an advisory to the community called “Protect Your Business and Workforce During COVID-19 Outbreak. It encourages businesses to make sure they get facts from a trusted source, such as the CDC (www.cdc.coronavirus) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) (www.colorado.gov/cdphe). They also recommend asking employees, vendors, and partners to self-screen daily and follow standard recommended safety protocols about self-isolating and working remotely in the case of exposure to someone with symptoms. It is also recommended that businesses limit visitors and vendors and reinforce the importance of proper handwashing and frequent cleaning of all surfaces, including keyboards, door knobs and cell phones.
At Sky Ridge, they are screening all visitors or patients when they arrive on campus, have limited visitors to two at a time, and will not allow children under 12 years of age to enter the facility.
Littleton Adventist Hospital at 7700 S. Broadway in Littleton and Porter Adventist Hospital at 2525 S. Downing Street in Denver are both part of the Centura Health system. We reached out to Wendy Forbes, director of media relations and public relations for Centura, about their plans. Ms. Forbes did not respond, but Centura issued information about COVID-19 that applies to all its facilities. It says “We are working closely with the CDPHE, CDC, and suppliers to ensure we have the appropriate level of supplies to care for patients and protect our staff. At this time, Centura has received all allocated supplies to meet current needs.” They also want patients to know that “Our hospitals are equipped with negative airflow rooms that are required to care for certain infections or viruses including coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, we hold periodic drills to address these types of scenarios as part of our standard emergency preparedness activities.”
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