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:

 

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. 



CURRENT ACMH UPDATES:

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. 

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 E-GREETINGS: ACMH offers the convenience of a free, personalized greeting card that is hand-delivered to an ACMH patient via our E-Greetings program. Click HERE to send a greeting to someone at ACMH.

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.
 

CALL TO ACTION FROM ACMH HOSPITAL TO OUR BUSINESS COLLEAGUES:
The United States is experiencing a national shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). ACMH Hospital has a limited stock of some critical supplies. 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. 


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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