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PCH Updates and Information for the Community



COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Guidance


COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Confirmation Form


PCH Visitor Restrictions

Children (visitors) under the age of 18 years old will not be allowed.

No visitors will be permitted, unless a patient requires direct assistance.

Visitors are asked to wear a mask at all times. Please use the hand sanitizer located outside the patient's room before entering and after exiting the room.

Pediatric patients may have both parents in the emergency room.

Patients who have a disability, confusion, or dementia may have a relative or approved designated person in the room 24/7, if required.

Accommodations will be made for families during End of Life Care.

Outpatients:

Patients presenting to the Emergency Department shall be allowed one (1) visitor. Lab, Imaging, Respiratory Therapy, Specialty Clinic, Surgery, Oncology, and Infusion Therapy will not be permitted any visitors (unless direct assistance is required).

Family Medical Center pediatric patients may have one (1) visitor per pediatric patient or one (1) visitor for patients who require direct assistance. Exceptions to this guideline must be approved by Jackie Malinski - FMC Clinical Manager, Deb Hale - RN, or Lisa Hepburn - FMC Business Manager.

Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the patients we serve, who can be the most vulnerable to acquiring this virus.

We realize and understand the importance of support and encouragement from family and friends during the healing process; you are encouraged to reach out to your loved ones via phone, Skype, FaceTime, etc. Pinckneyville Community Hospital has tools and resources in place to help you stay connected with your loved ones, as well as to keep you informed during these visitor restrictions.

Please feel free to contact the nurse's station at 618-357-5929, for updates on your loved ones.

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Call4Calm Free Text Line (Illinois Department of Human Services' Mental Health Division)


The Illinois Department of Human Services' Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text "TALK" to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, "HABLAR" to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0.

Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.

Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with key words such as "unemployment" or "food" or "shelter" and will receive information on how navigate and access supports and services.

Obtaining Medical Records


If you are and PCH patient in need of a medical record please call Health Information at 618-357-5955, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for more information and instructions on obtaining your medical records.

Pinckneyville Community Hospital COVID-19 Hotline


The 24-hour PCH COVID-19 hotline at 618-357-5915 continues to take calls from individuals with questions or concerns about potential illness or exposure. Clinicians provide the latest information and can guide each caller through the screening criteria to determine if the caller needs additional evaluation and potential testing.

Drive-Thru Testing Clinic


We have drive-thru testing now available. This testing is only for patients who have been screened and have been determined to need testing. This is not for mass public testing. We want to help in a way that is safe for all with the first step being a call to the hotline at 618-357-5915 to determine if they should receive further evaluation and meet the criteria for testing. Please understand this drive-thru option is NOT for the general public. It is in place only for those who have an order through our 24-hour hotline.

Visitor Changes


Acute Care
In accordance with the recommendation of the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the spread of the COVID-19, effective immediately there will be a NO VISITOR restriction. Pediatric patients may have both parents in the room. Accommodations will be made for families during end of life care. This restriction will be effective today until further notice. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the patients we serve, who can be the most vulnerable to acquiring this virus. We realize and understand the importance of support and encouragement from family and friends during the healing process, you are encouraged to reach out to your loved ones via phone, Skype, Facetime, etc. Please feel free to contact the nurse's station at 618-357-5929, for updates on your loved ones.

Emergency Department, Oncology and Family Medical Center
Due to the increase in illness, we ask that there be only ONE visitor per patient at this time; please choose one person from your family as a representative. Accommodations will be made for families during end of life care. Pediatric patients will be allowed to have both parents in the room.

TeleHealth


The Family Medical Center is now offering TeleHealth visits. Whether you are sheltering in place, staying at home or practicing social distance, you can still see and speak to your physician. You can visit via video chat using your smartphone, tablet or computer. Call today to schedule a visit. We want to emphasize we will not close our clinic, just providing an alternative to a traditional visit.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations


Pinckneyville Community Hospital is currently accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). While we currently have enough materials to protect the health of our patients and staff, new safety measures require the use of more resources than normal and reordering has become challenging. Following the IDPH recommendation, we are asking that all items be in original packaging and unopened. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Brandy Steely, Marketing Director, at 618-357-8898.

Here is a list of items being requested at this time:

Masks - N-95, Earloop or Surgical

Gowns - Isolation or Surgical

Gloves - Nitrile, Sterile or Surgical

Eye Protection - Face Shields or goggles


Coumadin Clinic


We are now offering a drive-thru Coumadin Clinic every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call 357-5944 upon arrival.

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