LMH Health Resuming Services
Over the past several weeks, our community has made tremendous sacrifices to flatten the curve in Douglas County. These efforts have provided LMH Health the time and opportunity to fully prepare for COVID-19 and to ensure that we can protect you, our patients, during this pandemic and beyond.
Here’s how you can help:
- Stay at home as much as possible, even as restrictions are reduced, and especially if you are in a high-risk category
- Maintain social distancing guidelines
- Wash hands frequently and clean/disinfect high-touch surfaces
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Wear a mask over the mouth and nose when making essential trips throughout the city/county
- Contact your physician if you feel ill or recognize symptoms that are COVID-19 related.
Like every other hospital across the country, we followed guidance from the CDC and asked our patients to postpone non-emergent care—this reduced the spread of infection in our community and allowed us conserve the supplies that we would need to respond to a surge. We are grateful for your support here, and we know this did not come without a cost—delaying healthcare can cause significant health issues.
We have been working closely with our partners in Unified Command to determine the best course of action for resuming some aspects of healthcare in our community. The decisions announced today were based, in part, on the recommendations from providers across a number of specialties, including infectious disease and public health. This guidance has helped us determine that we can safely resume some healthcare services across our organization.
In the coming days, certain areas will begin to offer services in a targeted and thoughtful manner. Here’s what you need to know:
- Your safety is our top priority. For nearly 100 years, you have relied on LMH Health to provide exceptional care, and this is true now more than ever.
- Our approach to reopening will be methodical and slow, and we will prioritize the most critical cases. This is not business as usual, and may not be for some time.
- We have adapted operations to allow for continued screening, social distancing, testing and other factors meant to protect you and your family. There are many new processes are in place, and we will need your partnership and patience as we navigate the systems meant to keep you safe.
Additionally, we are coordinating with Unified Command to identify community health parameters—information that may lead us to revert to a more conservative approach. These may include increases in positive tests and changes in testing capabilities, as well as availability of supplies and hospital capacity (as it will continue to be important to preserve our ability to respond to a surge).
Together, we can help our community stay safe and healthy.