Daily Update: Madison-area Health Systems Continue to Expand Services with Safety in Mind
Madison, Wisconsin - Madison-area health systems continue to expand patient care services to meet the healthcare needs of our community, and they are doing so with patient safety as the highest priority, including universal masking of everyone within their facilities.
"Wearing a mask is new for most of us, and it may feel a little strange at first," said Dr. Pam Wetzel, chief medical officer at UnityPoint Health – Meriter. "However, we know this will be our new normal for a while. We'll need them not only at hospitals and clinics, but also at places like the grocery store to keep ourselves and those around us safe."
Patients and visitors are encouraged to bring their own mask or face covering with them when coming to area health care facilities. All face coverings must cover both the mouth and nose.
"Our communities have embraced the challenge of sheltering at home and physical distancing, and we're grateful for their help in slowing the spread of COVID-19," said Mark Thompson, MD, SSM Health – WI regional president of medical groups. "The regular use of masks and facial coverings will help us all stay healthy while ensuring that our patients can receive the care they need."
In addition to wearing a face covering, all visitors must go through a health screening process before entry and follow all other policies and procedures in place within the facility. All health systems in the Madison area follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, as well as Dane County's Safer at Home order.
Area hospitals are adding back important health services and emphasizing it is crucial that patients with emergency care needs not wait to come to the emergency room, all while remaining prepared to address any future surge in COVID-19 cases.
"We couldn't be happier to welcome our patients back to our facilities for the care that they need to be healthy." said Ric Ransom, president of Madison-area hospitals at UW Health. "While the facilities may seem different, we still are prepared to provide the same remarkable health care to our patients and the community."
As patients return for care and visitor restrictions are eased, the demand for face coverings is increasing, especially at clinics. If you would like to donate masks, or any other items please visit the following websites:
- UW Health
- UnityPoint Health – Meriter
- SSM Health
- William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (VA)
While items like face coverings and gloves can help, the best way the community can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by practicing physical distancing and performing proper hand hygiene.
Date Published: 05/14/2020