CHS: Prepared for COVID-19
CHS is prepared and has implemented prevention and control protocols to appropriately isolate patients who enter our facilities to prevent the potential transmission of infection and protect you. All clinical personnel are educated on the latest CDC and New York State Department of Health coronavirus guidelines and recommendations.
“At all CHS hospitals’ emergency departments, in our skilled nursing facilities and throughout our regional nursing service, we are actively screening, asking patients about recent travel and looking for signs and symptoms of the virus. Symptoms include fever and respiratory issues,” explained CHS Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Patrick O’Shaughnessy, DO, MBA, MS-PopH, FACEP, CHCQM. “Also, we are taking these precautionary steps at our owned physician practices.”
Screening guidelines have been built into CHS’s electronic health record (Epic), with a link to the CDC website, ensuring personnel are current on these guidelines, as updates can change on a daily basis. Training and preparation around the emerging coronavirus threat have been implemented across the system.
Further, CHS has a COVID-19 system-wide executive operational task force that meets regularly to ensure currency and continued capability to meet all CDC guidelines, including clinical protocols and travel alerts.