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COVID-19 Preparedness

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Statements from ACMC Healthcare System President & CEO Michael Habowski (as of April 09, 2020.

COVID-19 Preparedness

ACMC Healthcare System continues to adjust its response plan for the current COVID-19 pandemic based on advice from Cleveland Clinic, Ohio Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Most recently, we began cross-training caregivers to serve in multiple departments, and developed a team-based model of providers to meet patients’ needs when a surge happens. We began distributing cloth facemasks to caregivers based on new guidance from CDC. These do not replace the required personal protective equipment that caregivers who are directly treating patients must wear. These cloth face masks are to help stop the spread by an individual who may have COVID 19 but does not have symptoms. Our focus remains on flattening the exposure cure to keep our patients, caregivers, and community safe. We are in this together and everything we do is to keep our patients, families, and communities safe during the ongoing pandemic.

No Visitors

ACMC continues its “No Visitor” policy to ensure a safe environment for patients and caregivers. Exceptions include one visitor for any pediatric or labor/delivery patient, and end-of-life circumstances.

ED visits

As we move past flu season in Northeast Ohio, ACMC’s Emergency Department is seeing fewer patients for non-emergency illnesses. We continue to screen all patients who visit our Emergency Department for fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Telehealth visits

The majority of ACMC providers are able to see patients by telehealth visits. To schedule an appointment, call 440-997-6969. ACMC Express Care is also available via telehealth from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 440-964-0616 for more information.

Donations

ACMC has received donations from dozens of local companies and residents including cleaning supplies, sanitizer, face shields, goggles, surgical masks, N95 masks, cloth masks, gloves; coveralls, and gowns. Numerous local restaurants have also donated food and gift cards to ACMC caregivers.

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.

Thank You

ACMC has been asked how people can offer thanks, warm-wishes, and positive messages to our Caregivers. To make this easier, we created a special page for patients, families, and community members to leave positive messages and encouragement for ACMC Healthcare System's 1,500+ Caregivers – www.acmchealth.org/thankyou. We are grateful for the many comments we have already received offering thoughts, prayers, and more during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.