Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Health Habits

Evangelical Community Hospital is committed to the health and safety of our community. Any coronavirus (COVID-19) updates as it relates to Evangelical Community Hospital facilities will be posted here.

April 8, 2020

Screening Contractors
A process has been put in place to screen contractors—including temperature, travel history, and symptoms—as they arrive on campus to work on the PRIME (Patient Room Improvement, Modernization, and Enhancement) project.

Miller Center Cancellations
The YMCA at the Miller Center has cancelled all events and participatory sports through the end of April with the expectation that the facility will remain closed over the same timeframe.

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April 6, 2020

Emergency Department Alternative Exam Site
Evangelical Community Hospital continues to plan for a potential surge in confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. To manage times when the current COVID-19 Emergency Department exam area (the ambulance garage bay) is at capacity, tents are being erected in the ambulance driveway on the north side of the Hospital.

The tents are being installed today and the site should be available as needed beginning Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Elective Surgeries and Procedures
Evangelical has made the decision to continue cancellation of all elective surgeries and procedures through the week of April 13, 2020. A decision on these types of surgeries will be made week-by-week. Any reopening of elective surgeries will be clearly communicated, and staff will contact patients to reschedule when it is permissible to begin offering those types of procedures.

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April 5, 2020

Mandatory Masking
Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, everyone entering Hospital facilities, including off-site locations, will be required to mask. Patients will receive masks at entry screening points. The mask is required to be worn at all times when in any facility including in all patient care, common areas, and hallways.

Temperature Screening
Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, everyone entering Hospital facilities, including off-site locations, will undergo a temperature screening before entry is permitted.

Changing Alternative Testing Site Hours
Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, the Hospital’s alternative testing site for COVID-19, located behind McCann School of Business in the Plaza 15 Shopping Center along Route in Lewisburg, will be open 9 am to 6 pm daily.

Additional Visitor Limitations
To further adhere to the state’s stay-at-home directive and to help control the spread of COVID-19, Evangelical’s restrictions on visitation are tightening.

The Hospital will no longer allow patients arriving at Donehower-Eisenhower Pavilion for Imaging and Laboratory services to be escorted by a visitor. Exceptions will include patients in wheelchairs, those who need assistance walking, children under the age of 18, and any patient with cognitive impairment.

The same restrictions apply to Urgent Care and all outpatient offices. 

These newest restrictions are in addition to the existing restrictions:
The Emergency Department will no longer allow any visitors. Anyone accompanying a patient to the ED will be asked to wait outside of the facility in their vehicle.

Visitation has also been limited to one parent for any patient under the age of 18.

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April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Along with supplies and food, the Hospital is grateful for those in the community who have expressed a desire to offer the Hospital financial support in these difficult times. By suspending elective surgeries and procedures as well as condensing outpatient practices, net revenue has been reduced by more than 30%. At the same time, the Hospital has had to make significant, unplanned investments in more protective equipment.

To make a donation, mail a check payable to Evangelical Community Hospital with COVID-19 Emergency Fund in the Memo to Evangelical Community Hospital, Attention Development-00A, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, Pa. 17837. Individuals can also use the online donation form at evanhospital.com/support. Be sure to click the box for giving in the memory or honor of someone and write COVID-19 Emergency Fund in the comments section of the form.  


Changes in Visitation Restrictions
As the Hospital works to continue to try to limit exposure of the staff working on-site and patients who need services and care, further visitation restrictions have been made.

The Emergency Department will no longer allow any visitors. Anyone accompanying a patient to the ED will be asked to wait outside of the facility in their vehicle.

Visitation has also been limited to one parent for any patient under the age of 18.

Telemedicine Details
Telemedicine advancements continue to be utilized at the Hospital.

The Emergency Department providers are able to use video technology to view patients being seen in the COVID-19 screening area outside of the building without leaving the ED. Inpatient providers are able to use iPads to seek video consults from other providers for COVID-19 patients without exposing more individuals to the patient. Outpatient office providers are able to conduct video-to-voice consults for most patient visits.

PRIME
The PRIME Project began ramping back up last week and contractors are back on-site this week.

Quandel, the Hospital’s construction partner, has developed site-specific guidelines that include screening for illness, installation of hand washing and hand sanitizing stations, as well as assignment of work areas by designated trade and shift to reduce congregation of workers at any time. The site is also cleaned by an independent contractor daily.

On average 40 to 45 workers per each shift, there are two, will be on-site working in their specialty areas compared to around 130 during one shift prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The construction site continues to remain blocked off from existing parts of the Hospital that are active in providing healthcare. The two sites remain completely separate. An exception to this will occur April 6-8 when electrical contractors will need to access the basement of the Hospital to complete some work. All workers will enter the facility through the Rooke Pavilion and will be screened the same way Evangelical employees are screened.

The Hospital and Quandel are currently assessing any impact the COVID-19 response will have on the project schedule. Any change to the timeline will be communicated as soon as the plan is finalized.

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April 1, 2020

Community Support
The Hospital has received numerous requests from the community asking how they can show their appreciation for staff and the work being done for the community during this pandemic. In addition to monetary support and donations of food and supplies, a method has been established to send cards, notes, and other visual displays.

Community members can send well wishes to together@evanhospital.com. Received notes and cards will be displayed on the Hospital’s intranet to inspire and support employees. Some items may be selected to be shared on the Hospital’s social media outlets from time to time.

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