COVID-19 Update - April 8, 2020
Dr. Francis DuFrayne
Teamwork. Innovation. A commitment to serve.
Those are traits I see Owensboro Health team members exhibit every day. I know these are uncertain times, but when team members are willing to fill new roles to meet needs and use their creativity to combat the challenges COVID-19 presents, I know our organization is in good hands. Across the board, from healthcare providers to facilities management, each team member is an invaluable part of how we beat this pandemic.
Team Members Test Positive
As expected, Owensboro Health continues to care for patients testing positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, including some of our own team members. A small number of employees at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital (OHRH) have tested positive for the coronavirus. All are isolated at home and receiving appropriate care. We are committed to protecting the privacy of both patients and employees under federal privacy rules and cannot provide further details on individual patients or employees. Please keep these team members in your thoughts as they recover. The care and safety of our patients, visitors and team members remains our highest priority. Read the full press release here.
OH Creating Supplies
With a supply shortage around the world our amazing facilities and biomedical departments have focused on how we can create our own personal protective gear. So far, they've created face shields and a device that reduces exposure for medical teams when they intubate a COVID-19 patient. They've even found a way to sterilize hard-to-find N95 masks for limited reuse. And what's more - they're sharing their findings with other healthcare facilities so we can all benefit. Read more about their work here.
People around the world have been putting teddy bears in the windows of their homes so kids can go on a “bear hunt” while walking with their families. The global trend was embraced by Owensboro Health facilities in Muhlenberg County this week by putting out bear signs.
Around here, we do what it takes! As we face low volumes in some departments and operate without volunteers, some of our team members are taking on new roles across the health system. Bill Howard, a medical assistant in the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic is pictured filling a need with our grounds crew. This kind of teamwork is what makes Owensboro Health special!
Call for Photos
We want to share photos of our team members in action with the public! We’re looking for photos that model the behavior we’re asking people to do, like social distancing and hand hygiene. All photos are welcome and we’ll share all that we can. Please send any photos you take to email@example.com.
Modified Hours, Closings and Cancellations
Effective Monday, April 13, the Owensboro Health Medical Group Children’s Center office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If your department is closed or you have program cancellations or modified hours, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be added to the cancellation page on our website.
O’Charley’s in Owensboro is offering 25% off to all Owensboro Health team members. They have curbside pickup and several specials. Team members just need to show their badge to get the discount.
If you know of other discounts or donations, please let the Owensboro Health Foundation know so they may be recorded and thanked properly.
Note from Pastoral Care
Our literal world has turned upside down. In a time of chaos and uncertainty, may we be reminded of what is truly important and sacred in our lives: our family, our faith, our jobs, perhaps our education. Though we fear compromising what we cherish most, let us be hopeful that we all will come out of this stronger. Or as in Romans 12, the Apostle Paul writes: “Cling to what is good. Let love be without question.”
No Scrubs Outside OH
Please refrain from wearing your scrubs outside of Owensboro Health facilities. If you plan to go to any public place other than an Owensboro Health location or your home, you must first change out of your scrubs.This is a text message that I received, during a time when we should be modeling behavior for our community.
Baskin-Robbins provided some treats for our team members in the ICU this week. We cannot express how grateful we are to live in a supportive community.
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