If ever there was a time to recognize the dedicated health care workers at McLaren Flint, it is Hospital Week 2020. Since the onset of the coronavirus in Michigan, McLaren Flint’s front-line health care workers have heroically and compassionately cared for patients inflicted by the virus. We’ve done this under unimaginably difficult circumstances, all while continuing to care for patients battling cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, strokes, injuries, and the hundreds of other ailments we treat.
Now, McLaren Flint is looking to the future to continue to safely provide the health care services our community counts on us for every day. As a result, McLaren has developed a roadmap to safely resume time-sensitive care, which includes clinical and testing protocols, further enhancements to safety for our staff and patients, prioritization of surgical cases that were postponed, personal protective equipment guidelines, and much more.
“At McLaren Flint we understand that safety is foremost in everyone’s minds during these unprecedented times,” said Chad Grant, president and CEO of McLaren Flint. “The safety of our patients and staff is always our top priority. We want to assure the patients seeking care at our facilities, that they are being treated in a safe environment by personnel who are adhering to the most current safety precautions.”
As the number of COVID-19 patients has declined over the past few weeks, the hospital has turned its focus to safely resume time-sensitive care for all patients. McLaren Flint has begun to open traditional health care services with additional safety measures in place, including:
•Screening all patients, visitors, and our own staff for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter our facilities. Anyone experiencing symptoms is prohibited from entering and is directed to the appropriate level of care.
• Restricting visitors to only one person who must meet strict criteria. Social visitation can take place by phone or use of technology for virtual visits.
• Establishing dedicated units where they are caring for COVID-19 positive and suspected positive patients.
• Testing patients prior to their procedure to identify those who are COVID-19 positive but not showing symptoms.
• Limiting seating in certain areas to create space between those waiting for care. For patients seeking care for non-life threatening conditions, the McLaren Flint and McLaren Fenton emergency centers offer the ability to check in online and wait at home or nearby.
• Caregivers and support staff are wearing additional protective equipment to keep patients and themselves safe when providing care. McLaren is providing a mask to patients and encouraging visitors to bring their own personal mask. If visitors do not have a mask, one will be provided for them.
• Adding cleaning processes throughout our facilities to enhance our already robust sanitization protocols.
• Frequently updating our policies and procedures to reflect the latest information available from the CDC.
For more information about the safety precautions that McLaren is taking, please visit www.mclaren.org/safecare.