CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

ACMH leadership is dedicated to ensuring a successful, aligned medical response to this evolving virus and thanks the community members in advance for their understanding and cooperation as we deal with this healthcare challenge.

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019


ACMH CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION HOTLINE: 724-545-3580

ACMH Hospital has implemented a Coronavirus Hotline Number to call for information and education.



LINKS TO UPDATED INFORMATION:



CURRENT ACMH UPDATES

REVISED HOURS FOR ACMH LABORATORY SERVICES
Monday - Friday 6:30am - 4:00pm and Saturday 8am - 12 noon

REVISED HOURS FOR ACMH IMAGING SERVICES
Monday - Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm and Saturday 8am - 12 noon

REVISED MAIN LOBBY ACCESS HOURS:
 Monday - Friday 5:30am - 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 3:30pm


ELECTIVE PROCEDURES TO RESUME
ACMH is working to resume urgent or needed elective procedures beginning on Monday, May 4, 2020. The plan and approach is to begin with a progressive and safe restart.  Patients will be notified by their physician office if their case had been delayed and is now being considered for reschedule. If you are not contacted and have a question about an appointment, or you have a medical concern or condition that you believe warrants attention or intervention, please contact your respective medical provider. Understand that not all surgeries are being automatically rescheduled, at this time. As always, patients with emergent conditions are encouraged to seek care in the Emergency Department, as appropriate. 

On the day of an elective procedure, patients and approved visitors will be screened and provided with a mask upon arrival to the hospital. Masks will need to be worn at all times when interacting with staff and others. Likewise, our staff members will be wearing masks. Depending on the type of surgical procedure, patients may be ordered a COVID test and/or other pre-operative testing. If testing is required, patients will be given instructions on testing location and times by their provider. 

Entry to the building remains limited in order to better screen patients and visitors. Patients will be routed through the hospital’s main entrance on the day of surgery and directed to the appropriate department. Patients or family members should direct questions or inquiries to their respective medical provider. Please understand, due to ongoing developments during this time, plans and information are subject to change.

ACMH Hospital Temporary Revised Laboratory & Imaging Hours
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACMH finds it necessary to revise the operational hours in the Laboratory and Imaging Services.  The temporary changes are as follows:

LABORATORY:
• Main Hospital Lab
Monday through Friday – open for walk-ins from 6:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Saturday- from 8:00 am - 12 noon
Sunday - Closed

• Ford City Health Pavilion
Monday through Friday – 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon

• Cowansville (882 East Brady Road) Draw Station
Temporarily closed

• Kittanning (260 S. Jefferson Street) Draw Station
Temporarily closed

IMAGING SERVICES:
• Hospital Imaging
Monday through Friday – open for walk-ins from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – closed to walk-ins (Reopening Saturdays from 8:00 am - 12 noon on Saturday, May 23, 2020)

• AOIC 
Closed to walk-ins

Questions regarding ACMH laboratory service, please call (724) 543-8219.  
Questions regarding ACMH imaging service, please call (724) 543-8787.


FOOD DONATIONS Outside Food Donations are acceptable, when the following safety guidelines are met: 
• All items are prepared in licensed food facilities 
• Commercial items should individually packaged or easily separated (i.e. pizza); to be sure we are able to follow CDC guidelines that discourage food sharing. 
• All deliveries should be coordinated thru Food Donation Coordinator.  Donations can be directed to specific departments, the Food Donation coordinator will help you determine the number of individuals and can help coordinate timing thru department managers.
• Unannounced donations should NOT be accepted due to the inability to clear the delivery personnel
• Businesses delivering donations will be met by staff outside coordinated entrance to accept the donations.
Food Donation Coordinator: Trisha Brice, Supervisor of Nutrition Services 724-543-8597

ADDRESSING THE COVID-19 CRISIS: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present numerous logistical challenges to the world of healthcare. ACMH continuously is responding to this crisis and is actively preparing to meet the challenges ahead.

ONGOING PLANNING AND SURGE PREPARATION: Numerous safety precautions have been implemented throughout the hospital to mitigate risk to employees and patients.  ACMH has expanded our ability to treat COVID-19 patients in the hospital and segregated areas within our units that are dedicated to treatment and care of these patients. Protocols and procedures have been put in place to ensure safety of our staff as well as for all patients presenting for non-COVID conditions and emergencies or routine medical care needs.

CARE AND COORDINATION: ACMH continues to provide on-site COVID-19 testing, for patients who meet criteria and have been referred by their physician, at our E-entrance outside collection trailer. Open 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, weekends by accommodation. Online telehealth virtual visits at our Primary Care Center locations serve as an alternative to direct contact with an ACMH physician while still allowing the patients' healthcare needs to be met. The COVID-19 Response Team continues to review latest updates, CDC and DOH guidelines and adjusts, educates, and trains as deemed appropriate. Ongoing staff and facility planning remains a priority in preparation to meet an anticipated regional surge of COVID-19 patients.

ROUTINE LAB WORK / TESTING: Patients who are attempting to come in for routine lab work or other procedures are being asked to contact their ordering provider to see if it is medically necessary to come at this time – or if the testing can be postponed.

VISITORS AT ACMH: As of Sunday, March 15th, all visitors will now be restricted at ACMH.

Current exceptions are as follows:

  • MATERNITY: One visitor/coach will be permitted in the department. Age 18+
  • SURGERY: One support visitor will be permitted due to the need for a driver after the procedure. Age 18+
  • HOSPICE/CRITICAL PATIENTS: At the discretion of the ACMH staff, visitors may be permitted during critical and/or end of life situations. Age 18+
  • PATIENTS WITH SUPPORT NEEDS: One support person may be permitted to accompany the patient for outpatient testing or services. Age 18+

REMINDER: ACMH would like to again remind individuals who may be sick themselves, including those experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or sore throat, to not come directly to the hospital. Unless you are seeking emergency medical treatment, you are encouraged to call your primary care provider.  The key is to not panic but seek direct medical care if needed. If you do not have a primary care provider, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.


ACMH PRIMARY CARE - ONLINE VIRTUAL VISITS: During the COVID-19 pandemic, ACMH Primary Care offices are now offering the convenience and safety advantages of online telehealth visits. Use your internet connected device (PC, Mac, Android or iOS/Apple) that is equipped with a camera and microphone to stay in touch with your primary care provider from the comfort and safety of your home. Call your ACMH physician office to request a telehealth visit.


ACCESS TO THE HOSPITAL: Access to the building is now being limited in order to better screen patients and visitors. The main entrance is open during routine hospital hours, at this time. The Emergency Department, Cancer Center and Wound Center entrances will also remain open during business hours.

PREVENTION: Prevention is the key to protecting yourself from this virus. Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.  Alcohol based hand sanitizer is acceptable if soap and water are not available. Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Clean surfaces frequently, focusing on high touch items. To contain the virus, if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better. 

SOCIAL DISTANCING: Social distancing means staying away from close contact in public spaces. It includes actions like staying out of places where lots of people gather and maintaining distance — approximately 6 feet — from others. Social distancing also includes minimizing contact with people. All Pennsylvanians are being encouraged to practice social distancing — not just those who are seriously ill or at high risk. Social distancing is a proven way to slow the spread of pandemics.

ACMH SNACK BAR HOURS: The ACMH Snack Bar is closed until further notice.

MEDICAL RECORDS OFFICE: Walk-in requests for medical records is not available until further notice. Arrangements can be made to obtain your records by contacting the Medical Records Department. If you are in need of hospital records please call 724-543-8554.  For physician office and clinic records please call 724-548-3804.  Requests can be received M-F from 7am-4pm or by leaving a message after hours.

PRACTICAL ADVICE TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY VIDEO: "Learn the Facts from a Lung Specialist Doctor: How to Avoid Coronavirus" - A Youtube video posted by a doctor who treats COVID-19 patients in a New York hospital. Click HERE

COMMUNITY STRESS AND ANXIETY: This is a time that all of us are feeling anxious about COVID-19 conditions and feeling stressed while being self-quarantined. This is both natural and expected. The medical community wants to reassure everyone that we will return to a normal state. However, for acute concerns of self and family, the following resources are available:
• Contact the PA Department of Health Crisis Text Line by texting 741-741
• Department of Health website: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
• CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


THANK YOU: The ACMH Board of Directors, Administration, medical staff, all hospital staff and local EMS providers sincerely express our thanks for the community's willingness to stay home, quarantine and help minimize the spread of the coronavirus.  We continue to ask everyone to stay the course and know that you are making a difference. To all of our community members and organizations that have surrounded us in prayer and support, we thank you as well.  Together we can get through this difficult time. 

Thank You to the following individuals and companies that have donated supplies:
• Snyder Group
• Image Works Painting
• Rosebud Mining
• SBS Contractors, Inc.
• Continental Clay
• Lisa Bartlett
• Liz White 
• Lenape Tech
• Sylvia Hooks
• Dr. William Oleksak
• Lowes
• Rural King
• Sylvan Bio Sciences
• Alterink Tattoo Removal
• Curly Tail Coffee
• Klingensmith Drug Store
• Bergad, Inc.
• Oliver Outdoor


CALL TO ACTION FROM ACMH HOSPITAL TO OUR BUSINESS COLLEAGUES: The United States is experiencing a national shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We are working to increase stock of PPE to ensure protection of our staff with the anticipated influx of COVID-19 patients. The COVID-19 virus is contagious, and the need for supplies over the next few months is unknown. This message serves as a request on behalf of the health, safety and well-being of our patients, healthcare workers and community.

We urge you to contact ACMH Hospital Materials Management Department if you have any of the following items to provide or donate:
• N95 Masks
• Ear loop masks (surgical style)
• Pump bottles of hand sanitizers with 60% or greater alcohol content
• Pump bottles of non-scented soap
• Face shields/visors
• Nitrile Gloves
• Peroxide based cleaning agents

To contact ACMH Hospital’s Materials Management Department, send an email to: vogeleyd@acmh.org. Please put the word "Donation" in your email subject line.
Every little bit helps! Your supplies could make all the difference in the battle against COVID-19. To all of you who have already donated – we sincerely thank you. 
 

ACMH HOSPITAL CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19 IDENTIFIED IN ARMSTRONG COUNTY

As of Tuesday, March 24th, ACMH Hospital has its first patient with coronavirus in-house. This is the first positive case identified in Armstrong County. ACMH has notified the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Individuals with known sustained contact with the patient are being identified and contacted, as appropriate.

ACMH officials continue to follow specific procedural and safety measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure patient and staff safety.

ACMH Hospital officials are asking that patients who are attempting to come in for routine lab work or other procedures contact their ordering provider to see if it is medically necessary to come at this time – or if the testing can be postponed.

ACMH would like to again remind individuals who may be sick themselves, including those experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or sore throat, to not come directly to the hospital but first contact their medical provider. Unless you are seeking emergency medical treatment, you are encouraged to call your primary care provider. Just a reminder, if your medical provider directs you to be tested, specimen collection continues to occur at the E Entrance under the canopy overhang. At this time, an order is required when presenting for collection, at this location. Again, if you do not have a primary care provider, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH. 

 

 

ACMH Hospital Announces New Patient Visitation Rules in Response to COVID-19, Flu Season and Global Pandemic Declaration
MARCH 12, 2020 – KITTANNING, PA – On Wednesday, March 11th, the World Health Organization (WHO) publicly characterized the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic. A pandemic is when an epidemic – a widespread infectious disease – spreads between countries. ACMH Hospital has enacted a comprehensive pandemic response plan to effectively contain the spread, screen and care for patients presenting with symptoms of an infectious respiratory disease and meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

With a growing number of cases being diagnosed in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the concurrent presence of influenza, ACMH Hospital officials today announced temporary restrictions on patient visitation in order to protect our community, patients and staff. The new policy limits the number of visitors to one per patient. ACMH further discourages large groups of visitors from congregating in waiting areas. Well wishes and get-well greetings may be sent to in-patient loved ones via a phone call or with an E-Greeting, sent through the ACMH Hospital webpage. The ACMH Snack Bar will also be going to limited hours, opening from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

ACMH is also asking individuals who may be sick themselves, including those experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat - to not come to the hospital, but instead call their provider first, unless they are seeking emergent medical treatment. The key is to not panic but seek care if you need it. Furthermore, we are discouraging walk-in appointments at our physician office practices. If a patient has a concern, they are encouraged to call the office for instructions.

“While ACMH Hospital does not currently have any patients under observation for the coronavirus, we have been proactively preparing and reviewing with experts from the fields of infection prevention, emergency medicine and all other applicable specialties to ensure a cohesive, coordinated response to the ever changing situation,” stated John Lewis, ACMH Hospital President and CEO. “Our first unified focus is on containment, preparation, prevention and conservation of resources. We are joining the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health in advising persons to stay at home, if possible, and avoid large crowds. It is also worth noting that proper hand washing remains a primary first defense in combating the spread of any virus.”

ACMH officials are encouraging area residents to seek out current information and frequent updates on the ACMH Hospital website (www.acmh.org) where links and up-to-date information from the CDC and the PA Department of Health can be found.

“Patient safety and protecting our staff members throughout the community is paramount,” said Dr. James Backstrom, ACMH Chief Medical Officer. “As an organization, we are taking every precaution to curb the spread of COVID-19 and coordinate the collective efforts and readiness of the medical community.”

ACMH leadership is dedicated to ensuring a successful, aligned medical response to this evolving virus and thanks the community members in advance for their understanding and cooperation as ACMH deals with this healthcare challenge.

Steps You Can Take


 

Use Hand Hygiene Often

1) Wet your hands, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
2) Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3) Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
4) Rinse your hands with water
5) Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water