JOHNSON MEMORIAL HEALTH IS PREPARED
Johnson Memorial Health continues to treat COVID-19 patients here at the hospital. We have a plan in place for patient surge, pandemic events and other emergencies. We actively participate in infection control efforts and regional patient safety coalitions. These networks serve us well in responding to any public health emergency across the health care continuum in partnership with federal, state, and local agencies.
JMH holds daily situational awareness meetings with key staff to share information and discuss whether our current plan of operations is sufficient or if changes are needed. We have evaluated supplies that might be needed and found that, in addition to our usual emergency preparation, we have a significant amount of extra supplies stocked at this time.
We urge our patients to take an active role in the prevention of all contagious diseases, including COVID-19. Actions everyone can take include social distancing, staying home, traveling only for needs such as groceries, the pharmacy, fuel, essential jobs and urgent medical care. For additional information, we recommend utilizing the Indiana State Department of Health’s dedicated webpage or CDC guidance to learn more. We also urge you to follow state and local announcements and our social media channels.
This Resource Center also will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.
Change to Visitation Policy
Effective August 5, 2020
Visiting Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ALL visitors must be screened for Covid-19 symptoms upon arrival at Main Entrance and/or every 24-hours at the Main Entrance. (Before 7:30 a.m. and after 7:30 p.m. report to Emergency Department entrance for screening.) Visitors will be given a badge, to be updated every 24-hours if needed, to wear throughout the visit.
Visitors are required to bring and wear their own face-covering/mask.
Medical/Surgical Unit, Critical Care Unit/Progressive Care Unit
One visitor allowed during visiting hours.
One designated visitor allowed throughout the visit. (No limitation on visiting hours)
ALL visitors must be screened for Covid-19 symptoms upon arrival at all entrances.
Visitors are required to bring and wear their own face-covering/mask.
One designated visitor allowed throughout the visit.
One designated visitor allowed. If the patient is a minor, one legal guardian is allowed. The visitor must first report to Main Entrance to be screened for Covid-19 symptoms. (Before 7:30 a.m. and after 7:30 p.m. report to Emergency Department entrance for screening.) Visitors will be given a badge, to be updated every 24-hours if needed, to wear throughout the visit.
Johnson Memorial Physician Office and Services Visits
Women’s Health Office
One visitor allowed for an ultrasound visit. One visitor if the patient needs assistance. No children may accompany adult appointments.
Orthopedics and Surgical Specialists Office
One visitor if the patient needs assistance. If the patient is a minor, one legal guardian is allowed. No children may accompany adult appointments.
Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Offices
One visitor if the patient needs assistance. No children may accompany adult appointments.
One legal guardian is allowed. Limit additional children-please make this arrangement prior to the office visit.
Other Outpatient Services
One visitor if the patient needs assistance.
SUPPORTING THOSE WHO CARE FOR OUR PATIENTS
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Main Admissions Hours Changed
Effective immediately, temporary hours of the JMH hospital admissions department will be from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you need to register before or after these hours, go directly to laboratory services or radiology departments for assistance.
Sick Clinic, Family Medicine Updates
The JMH Sick Clinic is now in 1159 Building, Suite 101. To schedule an appointment, call 317.736.6133.
Physicals, wellness exams and other provider appointments have returned to their normal offices. Our Family Medicine practice has resumed normal office activity at their regular locations.
Pulmonary Medicine Dr. Isam Habib is now seeing patients in the Family Medicine offices, 1155 Building, Suite 101 (instead of the 1159 Building).
Internal Medicine Dr. Susan Murphy is now seeing patients in the Family Medicine offices, 1155 Building, Suite 101 (instead of Suite 202).
Please be assured that you will continue to receive consistent, high-quality care no matter which location you visit. If you wish to schedule a “virtual” visit through your desktop computer or mobile device, we will be offering those as well.
These measures are being taken on a temporary basis with the goal of mitigating potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Our goal is to provide outstanding care while keeping you and our caregivers as safe as possible.
Pediatrics Office Temporarily Stopping Walk-In Patients
Our pediatrics office has temporarily stopped accepting walk-in patients. We are also working to keep children who are sick here on campus while directing other appointments to our Greenwood pediatrics office.
Other Programs Suspended
Until further notice, weight loss seminars and both pregnancy loss groups are suspended. We will post updates on social media when these programs are reinstated.
Willow Cafe Dining Area Open
The Willow Café indoor dining area has been opened.
We have situated tables and chairs to accommodate social distancing and have tried to model what other restaurants and dining rooms are doing.
You will see blue tape, which is marked where chairs have been removed. We also ask that chairs not be moved from table to table.
Nutrition Staff are scheduled to routinely clean and sanitize the tables, chairs and touchpoints throughout the dining room during peak meal periods.
Please continue to dispose of your own trash and use the hand sanitizer provided.
Please do not remove the sanitizer bottles from the tables or countertops.
Bariatric Support Group Meetings Restarted
These support groups for adults who have had or are interested in having weight loss surgery are restarting on August 12. The meetings are from 5 to 6 p.m. at the new Wellness Classroom on the Second Floor of the new JMH addition. Easy access is available from Drake Road. You may bring a support person to the meetings.
Breastfeeding Support Group Canceled
In light of the new recommended restrictions for COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the traditional Breastfeeding Support Group until further notice. Mothers can contact the Lactation Office for questions or concerns. We can make individual appointments for lactation visits and/or weight checks as needed.
More Information: 317.736.2698
TELEHEALTH FOR FAMILY, INTERNAL MEDICINE PATIENTS
Johnson Memorial Health is now offering telehealth visits with some of our providers to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you need to speak with your JMH physician, you should call our Family Medicine or Internal Medicine practices to see if a telehealth visit can be scheduled. You will need a computer or mobile device with a camera.
JMH Opens COVID-19 Wing in New Addition
With construction completed on a new addition to Johnson Memorial Health's hospital campus, administrators have dedicated part of it to a COVID-19 isolation area.
Currently, Johnson Memorial Health has at most five intensive care unit beds of which less than half are typically occupied.
The new Emergency Department section of the new $47 million facility has been opened as a strictly coronavirus hospitalization wing with 22 beds.
“Because of the way the air is in this unit, we can keep our workers in the proper protective equipment and basically they’ll be protected,” said Dr. David Dunkle, JMH President/CEO. “All this air is vented differently from the rest of the hospital. This gives us the ability to keep all the COVID-19 patients, all those people with high suspicion of having COVID, here separate from our patients in the rest of the hospital.”
Dr. Dunkle said the Franklin hospital recently received its latest shipment of supplies from the national strategic stockpile.
BLOGS: COPING WITH THE IMPACT OF COVID-19
How do you protect yourself during the COVID-19? What about your mental health as you and your family are isolated? Johnson Memorial Health is offering a series of blogs on coping with COVID-19.
ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
What Are The Symptoms?
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath. Get attention immediately if you have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse and/or bluish lips or face.
What Should I Do If I Get Sick?
You should contact your healthcare provider by telephone before going to the emergency room or physician's office. More information about local testing will become available soon. There are precautions you should take immediately.
How Does It Spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, especially between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How Many Cases Have Been Reported?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is updating this information daily. As more testing becomes available, health officials anticipate an increasing number of positive diagnoses. You can find the numbers on the CDC website.
Should I Travel Right Now?
Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19 if there are other travelers that are infected. There are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.
How Should I Manage Stress and Anxiety About COVID-19?
Fear and anxiety about a pandemic can be overwhelming. Connect with family, friends, and others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to seek help.