There are those who run to the fire. Sometimes heroism is a matter of just showing up.
The reality of the coronavirus has sunk in to all corners of the country, if not the entire world. The spread of the virus, along with the increased availability of testing and other factors, contributes to the availability of more accurate data and higher numbers. We are at a point in time where we are dealing with a great deal of apprehension about the disease notwithstanding all of the safeguards against it.
If we want to glean a positive aspect out of all this, it appears to me that everyone is taking this disease a lot more seriously than just a week ago. Reality has finally set in. Social distancing is being practiced. People are staying home voluntarily where it is not mandated. Our compliance with the safeguards will go a long way toward slowing and eventually defeating this pandemic.
The healthcare ministries of SMP Health System are doing their part to protect the overall health of the communities where they are located by the various restrictions on visitation and other safeguards that they have implemented and information they have disseminated. They are following the current regulations and guidance from state and federal sources in order to maintain the safety of our patients, residents, and employees inside each facility.
Notwithstanding all of the safeguards, there is still an underlying apprehension or even fear, both inside and outside of our facilities. I would like to acknowledge our front-line employees who have been steadfast in their commitment to the patients and residents in their care. They are unsung heroes who demonstrate their love and concern for their neighbors and communities by showing up for work in the face of their own apprehensions, who strive to maintain a positive attitude and give their best efforts under difficult circumstances.
As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, makes its way across Illinois, at St. Margaret’s, we are aggressively planning to care for patients who present with symptoms. You have likely heard in the media that shortages of supplies are expected. There’s a way YOU can help! Please look in your business and homes and consider donating the following items:
Unopened boxes of disposable gloves– nitrile gloves, latex gloves and nylon gloves are all appropriate. Gloves are needed in many aspects of the hospital from medical care to janitorial services.
Masks– Many of us use N95 masks for dust protection in industrial situations or for home hobby use.
Safety glasses with side shields– We are only looking for new items in sealed packaging.
Cartridge for half-mask filters– Specifically, we need 3M High efficiency P3 HEPA Filters (part number 450-00-01).
How can you donate these items?
Call Frank Kobilsek, our Fundraising Coordinator at (815) 866-5757. He will make arrangements to pick up your contribution. Please don’t bring items to the hospital. It is best if you stay home to stay healthy.
We pray you, your family and your co-workers will remain healthy during this challenging time.
Current statistics from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have identified 105 positive cases of COVID-19 in 15 counties in the state of Illinois. Because of that, St. Margaret’s is adopting a no visitor policy to best protect all patients, staff, and visitors and slow down the spread of this disease.St. Margaret’s is maintaining normal business hours and will continue to care for patients. St. Margaret’s Hospital and Clinics will be reviewing upcoming appointments and may be contacting some patients to discuss alternative options other than a face-to-face visit.
We understand this will present hardships and challenges for both patients and families, but we feel this decision is critically important to protect the patients who have entrusted us with their care, their families, our staff, and the communities we serve.
Based on this, we have instituted the following, effective through March 30, 2020, unless otherwise stated:
Suspension of elective surgeries, elective procedures and routine testing.
Most wellness clinic visits have been postponed to a later date.
Effective today, March 17, 2020, if necessary, patients may have ONE individual accompany them to outpatient appointments. We are currently suspending ALL VISITORS in inpatient visitors. Any expecting or new mothers in the Family Birthing Centre are allowed to have their significant other with them, but no other visitors. Anyone else will be asked to wait in their vehicle. These visitor rules will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. For patient and staff safety, we ask all others wishing to visit loved ones and friends use other methods to connect with patients (telephone, Face Time, Skype, etc.) Please consider these other means to connect if necessary.
Cafeteria is closed to the general public.
Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab has been closed and patients rescheduled.
No outside food deliveries will be allowed.
The Patient Accounts Center lobby is closed.Any in-person payments can be made through the secure drop-box located at the entrance.
The Home Medical Equipment & Supplies showroom is closed to the public. If supplies are needed, please call them and delivery will be scheduled.
There is nothing more important than your health for you and your family. We understand that these restrictions will be difficult for patients and their loved ones. We are taking these necessary steps to protect our patients and our staff.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
The health and safety of patients, family members and staff is our number one priority and we are closely monitoring the developing situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and taking a proactive approach to prevent the spread of viral illness.
As such, we are cancelling some upcoming events in order to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. We will continually update this news announcement with any further cancellations, should they arise.
CANCELLATIONS (as of March 16, 2020):
All Support Groups on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 (To clarify, ALL support groups for the month of March, 2020 have been cancelled.)
Joint Class on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
Portly Promenade Restaurant Tasting Tour on Saturday, March 28, 2020
Parkinson’s Support Group, Monday, April 6th, 2020
POSTPONED: Habit for Health 10K and Fun Walk/Run 2020
Please check back in the future for any further cancellations. We will update them here as we learn of more.
The health and safety of patients, family members and staff is our number one priority and we are closely monitoring the developing situation and taking a proactively approach to prevent the spread of viral illness.
St. Margaret’s COVID-19 hotline is no longer available. Please contact your primary care provider or call one of our Walk-In clinics in Peru or Princeton if you have questions related to COVID-19. Thank you.