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ACMC Coronavirus Preparedness

The following informational page will be updated as ACMC Healthcare System responds to the changing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mandatory Mask Usage

In compliance with a statewide mandate on mask usage, ACMC requires that all patients and visitors wear masks while in ACMC or any ACMC office. Patients are encouraged to wear a mask from home, but anyone arriving at an ACMC location without a mask will be given one.

No visitors policy in effect

  1. ACMC continues its No Visitors policy. There are exceptions, including one adult for pediatric patients, patients who need help getting to their appointment due to mental or physical health issues, and exceptions for end-of-life care. Thanks you for respecting these changes as we focus on the safety of our patients, caregivers, and the community.

ACMC Statement of Preparedness - FAQ

What steps have you taken to be prepared?

  • Activated the Hospital Incident Command System. The incident command team meets via teleconference twice daily, and more often if needed, to review current information and to adapt policies, procedures, and protocols in response to the ever-changing COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Limited access points into the hospital to two entrances: The Ashtabula Clinic and the Emergency Department.
  • Screeners at each entrance to screen patients, visitors and employees.
  • Set up two testing tents; one outside the Emergency Department and one for outpatients. This was done to keep symptomatic, but still well, patients from overwhelming the Emergency Department and provider offices. Patients who are symptomatic, but not well, are immediately given a mask and taken to a room in the Emergency Department. Due to the national shortage of testing materials, only outpatients who meet ODH requirements and have an order from an ACMC provider can be tested at the outpatient testing site.
  • Halted elective surgeries and procedures; established a governance committee to review whether a surgical case meets the criteria provided by ODH and the Governor’s office.
  • Initiated telephone appointments for provider offices so patients do not have to come to the office for wellness appointments, prescription refills, or for managing a chronic illness that is under control.
  • Maintain regular communication with Ashtabula County Emergency Management Agency and Ashtabula County Health Department
  • Established a dedicated section on the ACMC Intranet so caregivers can access the most up-to-date information

 

How are your reserves of PPE?

  • As of today, we have an adequate supply of N95 masks. However, we are in need of additional protective eyewear such as face shields or goggles. We anticipate receiving a shipment of supplies this afternoon as part of our discussions with the Emergency Management Agency.
  • We are grateful to several local companies and organizations who have reached out to ask how they can help during this time.

 

What are your current visitor rules?

  • At this time, we are not permitting visitors to either the hospital or our outpatient provider offices. Exceptions are being made for pediatric patients (one adult), patients who need assistance with mobility due to mental or physical issues, and end of life circumstances.

 

How many beds do you have available for COVID patients?

  • ACMC is licensed for 234 beds. We have a plan in place for where we would cohort patients diagnosed with COVID-19 to keep them isolated from other patients.
  • We also have a surge plan in place that can be rapidly activated to accommodate a sudden influx of patients with COVID-19. This plan includes other areas of the hospital where we could add beds, as well as working with community organizations for placing patients there.
  • It’s important to remember that these types of plans existed long before COVID-19. They are part of our everyday emergency preparedness plan so we are ready to respond to any situation that presents itself. Our emergency preparedness committee oversees monthly drills to ensure the plans are effective and that all involved know what needs to be done.

Additional comments:

  • Every step ACMC has taken to-date – and every step we will take in the weeks ahead – is with one goal in mind: making the best decisions that will keep our patients, caregivers and communities safe based on the information available to us.
  • We know this is a challenging time for everyone. We will get through it by working together. Please follow the guidelines of social distancing, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, and avoid touching your face with your hands.

Social Distancing

ACMC Caregivers grateful as community donations flow in

Ashtabula County local businesses and residents continue to rally around ACMC Healthcare System during the current COVID-19 crisis. As of March 31, hundreds of items of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment have been donated.

“On behalf of our caregivers, I’m so very grateful to the companies and individuals who have contacted us to find out how they can help. It’s been overwhelming – in a good way,” said ACMC Healthcare System President and CEO Michael Habowski. “The show of support for our caregivers – who come to work every day on the front lines of fighting this pandemic – has been tremendous. It reminds me of the same support and generosity that resulted in ACMC being built 115 years ago.”

ACMC has received donations of cleaning and sanitizing supplies; face shields, goggles, masks, and gloves; and protective clothing such as coveralls, and gowns.  In addition, many local residents are collecting supplies or making masks for caregivers and patients to wear.

Local companies donating supplies to ACMC include (as of March 31):

  • A Louis Supply
  • Aramark
  • Arthur Louis Steel
  • Ashtabula Area City Schools
  • Ashta Chemicals
  • A-Tech
  • Chromaflo
  • CJ Contractors
  • Conneaut Schools
  • Continental Structural Plastics
  • Gabriel Performance Products
  • Geneva Family Dental
  • Ineos Pigments
  • JoAnn Fabrics
  • Kelley Steel
  • Kent State University – Ashtabula
  • Members of Boilermakers Local 744
  • Molded Fiber Glass
  • National Retail Outlet
  • Steven’s Construction
  • Vincent Homes

The donations began arriving at ACMC in mid-March and continue to increase at a time when items are becoming scarce from national suppliers. While ACMC currently has an adequate supply of personal protective equipment on-hand, when patients who are COVID-19 positive begin to arrive, those supplies can go quickly. All of the donated supplies are being stored securely so ACMC Caregivers will have them available the moment they are needed.

In addition to supply donations, numerous local restaurants have also donated food and gift cards to ACMC caregivers.

Habowski summed up ACMC Caregivers’ thoughts about the community support and generosity of our neighbors. “The Ashtabula County community is exceptionally generous. Whether it is in raising money for events like the Heart Walk or Relay for Life, supporting United Way, or coming to the aid of a family who’s lost their home to a fire, there is one thing that is always evident: Ashtabula County cares.”

ACMC is still welcoming donations of supplies like the ones listed above. If you have any of these items and would like to donate them to the hospital, please contact Tammy L. Netkowicz, 440.997.6605 or by email at Tammy.Netkowicz@acmchealth.org.