HopeHealth COVID-19 Update
HopeHealth continues to make every effort to ensure the safety of our staff and patients. At this time, all HopeHealth facilities remain open for our patients to address their health needs, however, some appointments are being rescheduled as needed and many patients are using their smartphone or computer to visit their provider virtually through TeleVisits.
“The TeleVisits allow our patients to continue their care with their provider without having to leave their home,” said Dr. Heather Leisy, director of preventive medicine at HopeHealth. “All our providers, including our behavioral health counselors, are now able to provide this service and our staff are working diligently to ensure patients can access their TeleVisit appointments.”
The HopeHealth COVID-19 Strategy Team meets daily to respond to the changing status of disease spread and adjusts HopeHealth guidelines as needed according to CDC recommendations. As such, HopeHealth has implemented more stringent screening measures at each of its locations and is screening every visitor. These measures include limiting guests accompanying patients to one individual who is in general good health, not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, and is preferably not a senior. For pediatric patients, we ask that siblings are not brought to the appointment. Additional visitors will be asked to remain in their vehicles.
In addition, two outdoor testing sites, one at the Medical Plaza in Florence and one in Manning, have been established to test HopeHealth patients for the coronavirus. These testing locations are by appointment only and require an order from a HopeHealth provider. HopeHealth patients who are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and are concerned about potential COVID-19 exposure should call their provider’s office to schedule a TeleVisit.
“These outdoor testing sites help us protect the health of our staff and other patients,” said Dr. Leisy. “By scheduling the testing for specific times, we can also conserve our personal protection equipment supplies.”
While PPE supplies remain at sufficient levels, HopeHealth is now accepting donations of supplies, such as surgical masks and N95 respirator masks, that will be used throughout our 13 locations.
“Our organization is working to secure these items so we can ensure our health care providers have an adequate supply during the COVID-19 outbreak along with offering our patients an important layer of protection from the virus,” said Scherrie Cogdill, director of development.
To arrange a donation, call Scherrie Cogdill, director of development, at 803-473-8713 to arrange pick. We ask that donations are not dropped off at any of our locations.
Terra McGill, staff nurse at the HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence, prepares her outdoor workspace for upcoming scheduled COVID-19 tests. Two outdoor testing sites, one at the Medical Plaza in Florence and one in Manning, have been established to test HopeHealth patients for the coronavirus. These testing locations are by appointment only and require an order from a HopeHealth provider.