Prepared to Care
At Grundy County Memorial Hospital-UnityPoint Health, the health and safety of our patients, communities and team members is at the center of everything we do. We are prepared to care for you with these important steps to ensure your safety during your health care visit:
- SCREENING: All patients, visitors, and staff are screened for COVID-19 symptoms at entry. Staffare screened at the beginning and end of the workday. Admitted patients and those who are scheduled for surgery and other procedures now receive a COVID-19 test, which improves safety for patients and staff and helps us to conserve PPE (personal protective equipment).
- MASKING: Universal Masking requirements mean that every patient and visitor is asked to wear a mask for their visit. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you to wear during your visit. All hospital staff are also protected with a mask, or in the case of those who provide direct patient care, appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment). Thorough staff training on how to use personal protective equipment correctly to prevent spreading germs and viruses is ongoing. In certain instances of direct patient care, our staff will wear N95 respirators. A new STERRAD® Sterilizing system is in use, allowing for the sterilization of N95 masks and helping to extend their use by our caregivers.
- DISINFECTION: Cleaning processes have been enhanced, with strict disinfection steps being taken in public spaces and clinical care areas to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Enhanced use of the UV Disinfection system is in place while our environmental services team is cleaning public areas more frequently.
- VISITOR RESTRICTIONS: Visitors to our hospital are restricted to ensure that there is limited exposure for those who do not have a medically necessary reason to be within the hospital. If you have a question about a visitor accompanying you for a visit or procedure, please make your care team aware of your concerns in advance of your visit.
- "NO WAIT" WAITING ROOMS: For certain health care services, patients may remain in their vehicle while awaiting a phone call to enter the hospital for their appointment.
- PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Waiting areas and other public spaces, as well as clinic exam rooms, are designed to limit the number of people and maintain physical space.
What you need to know as you arrive for Outpatient Services:
- Enter the south Entrance #1, where screeners will check temperatures and briefly ask a few health questions. Patients who have an appointment with UnityPoint Clinic – Grundy Center Family Medicine should use Entrance #2 and be screened in the primary care office.
- Universal Masking requirements are in effect. If you are not wearing a mask, you will be provided a mask and asked to wear it during your hospital visit. Those who refuse to wear a mask will be asked to leave the hospital.
- Visitor Restrictions are in effect to allow for physical distancing and reduce the chance for the COVID-19 virus to be spread within the hospital. Visitors are limited to one per patient, to accompany patients for their Outpatient appointments, or for those who are hospitalized in our Inpatient Department. Patients in Isolation may not have visitors. Patients who are in Hospice care may have family members visit.
- Children under the age of 18 may be accompanied by one parent or guardian.
- A patient with cognitive or behavioral problems that indicate a companion or family member is needed during a health care appointment may have one visitor with them.
- If a family member or friend has driven you to the hospital, he or she may wait inside the hospital while you're receiving care.
We understand the visitor restriction is challenging but ask you to understand that limiting the number of people in our hospital is a simple tactic to help reduce the spread of illness. Thank you for understanding the ways in which we've changed our care to help keep you and your loved ones safe during the pandemic.