UPDATE April 3, 2020:

2020 SCCH Clinics offering Telehealth Visits (Sullivan, IN): April 3, 2020:

The way providers and patients interact during the COVID-19 pandemic is changing. In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, Sullivan County Community Hospital providers at Lakeside Family Medical and Family Practice Associates are now offering a telehealth option for patients. Patients can talk with their provider about their concerns, while remaining safely at home.

A telehealth visit uses video conferencing via the internet. The patient and the provider communicate using a HIPAA-compliant application and a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop or a personal computer.

With the assistance of the SCCH IT department, and physician champion Dr. Dustin Ellis, the clinics began scheduling virtual visits April 1, 2020. “It’s so important we stay in contact with our patients during this pandemic, especially those who need regular monitoring or have chronic health issues,” Dr. Ellis said. Telehealth offers a one-on-one provider visit while protecting the patient and the office staff from a potential exposure to the coronavirus. “Offering this option supports our community efforts to keep people home and safe,” Ellis said.

An office staff member registers and schedules patients and confirms they have the correct technical components needed to conduct the telehealth visit. “Telehealth visits are a new option for our providers,” said SCCH CEO Michelle Franklin. “New technology usually has a few bumps but our team of providers, IT, and front office staff at the clinics got things rolling very quickly for us.”

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.isdh.in.gov and the CDC website at www.cdc.gov for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19

 

 

UPDATE March 31, 2020:

Press Release: Sullivan County Health Department

Sullivan County Health Department FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Sullivan County Health Department has been notified of its third positive case for COVID-19 in Sullivan County. This is an ongoing investigation and as more information is provided to the community, the Sullivan County Health Department is working closely with local and state officials to ensure the contacts of this patient are identified and monitored.

The Sullivan County Health Department would like to remind all citizens to practice public health precautions of social distancing, avoiding mass gatherings, frequent hand washing, and to stay at home. The Health Department would like to emphasize the following in order to limit exposure of yourself and family members; one member of the household going to the grocery store, limiting trips for essential travel, not engaging in use of public playgrounds, avoiding public exposure, and staying home as much as possible.

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.isdh.in.gov and the CDC website at www.cdc.gov for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.

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March 25, 2020

A Message from Dr. Dustin Ellis, SCCH Chief of StaffImage may contain: 1 person, closeup

The providers and medical staff at Sullivan County Community Hospital understand that there is a great deal of fear and anxiety related to the current pandemic related to the novel coronavirus across our community, state and country.

We are currently working diligently to follow guidance and collaborate with our local health department, Indiana State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control. There are several points that are important to remember that I feel would benefit our community and general public.

If you have symptoms of cough, fever, headache similar to a cold or the seasonal flu you might be infected with COVID-19. Most importantly do not panic, most people who contract the illness will recover with the treatment of symptoms and do not require hospitalization or prescription medication treatment. (There are currently no approved drugs to treat COVID-19.)
Since the vast majority of cases recover with treatment of fever and rest, we ask that if you experience any of these symptoms stay at home and do not come in contact with anyone.

Currently the ISDH recommends home isolation for at least 7 days for infected individuals or until they are symptom and fever free with no medication for 3 days. Your immediate family needs to stay home and stay away from anyone for 14 days, even if they do not develop illness, due to the potential incubation period after exposure. When in doubt, stay home and avoid all contact with others. If you are uncertain if you need further treatment call your healthcare provider for guidance. You can find more information on coronavirus.in.gov.

If you develop significant shortness of breath or difficulty breathing you should seek medical attention immediately during your illness.

Testing is available but is limited and requires approval from the Indiana State Department of Health to meet certain guidelines, but in the end, having a confirmed lab test will not change the treatment for the vast majority of cases and will be handled with the above recommendations.

The best way to control the spread of this virus and to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay home and practice social distancing. If you must purchase necessities, one person should go pick those up, including groceries or medications. Many businesses are offering curbside pickup if you purchase goods online to avoid contact in person.

If you are over the age of 60 or have medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer see if you can have a family member pick up your goods for you and leave them at the door if possible.

We encourage local businesses and employers to review their human resources policies regarding absences and requiring a visit with a healthcare provider and a work excuse note. It is not necessary for an individual who has been ill and recovered to come to a healthcare setting simply to get an excuse note for work. We expect employers to recognize the unique circumstances of the current health risk in our community.

We appreciate the support of our community and the outpouring of love during this difficult time. If we practice the current recommendations from our state and federal leaders, we can make a significant impact on the spread of this virus to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Our top priority remains doing everything possible to provide excellent care but also to protect the health of our patients, staff and local community.

Please join me in praying for our frontline healthcare workers, retailers, truck drivers, law enforcement officers,
first responders and the health of our community during this difficult time.

Thank you for your support of Sullivan County Community Hospital.

Dustin Ellis MD, Chief of Staff

UPDATE MARCH 24, 2020: 3:30 PM

Due to a positive COVID-19 test in our community, SCCH has begun to institute closure of non-essential service lines.

Please see below:

1. Cardiac Rehab Services is closed.
2. Turning Leaf Senior Behavioral Health will not have group meetings and any new referrals will not be processed.
3. Respiratory Therapy will only do emergent elective testing (i.e., stress testing). Otherwise, Respiratory Care will be devoted to the ER and patients in-house.
4. The Coumadin Clinic will be moved from the hospital Rotunda to Family Practice Associates from 8:00 AM-11:15 AM. Labs for the Coumadin Clinic will be done at FPA and not at the hospital’s lab.
5. Care Coordination will not be conducting any Medicare Annual Wellness Visits.
6. Rehab Services will be closed to patients except patients who are post-surgery and therapy is required. Those patients will be individually contacted.
7. Pain Management procedures have been cancelled.

These closures will be in effect for two weeks and will be reviewed again before re-opening.
We are all in this together.
Be safe. Stay home.

UPDATE MARCH 24, 2020: 3:00 PM

The ISDH has issued some important guidelines regarding what to do at home regarding COVID-19.

Please click here to learn more.

UPDATE MARCH 24, 2020

Change to Outpatient Lab  Hours:

UPDATE MARCH 23, 2020: 5:30 PM

COVID-19 UPDATE:

(Sullivan, IN) March 23, 2020:  According to Sullivan County Community Hospital administration, the patient who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus is a system employee who is self-isolating at home. All patients and employees who have been in contact with this employee have been contacted by the Sullivan County Health Department.

For more information regarding COVID-19 go to the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/ and the ISDH website https://www.in.gov/isdh/.

For updated information regarding COVID-19 and Sullivan County Community Hospital, please go to www.schosp.com.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Leslie Lentz at 812-268-4311, ext. 2362 or email at leslie.lentz@schosp.com.

UPDATE MARCH 23, 2020: 2:00 pm

COVID-19 UPDATE

(Sullivan, IN) March 23, 2020:  Regarding the recent confirmation of a positive patient testing result for the COVID-19 virus In Sullivan County Indiana.

According to Sullivan County Community Hospital administration, the appropriate department and staff members that provided services to this patient have been notified. According to protocol, the Sullivan County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) also have been notified.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, team members and communities. We continue to review and implement our preparedness training protocols consistent with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Citizens are asked to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Reported symptoms have ranged from mild to severe illness for confirmed Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include, but are not limited to, cough, shortness of breath, and fever. If you experience these symptoms contact your healthcare provider. As more information becomes available, it will be provided to the community.

For more information go to CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/ and the ISDH website https://www.in.gov/isdh/.

For updated information regarding COVID-19 and Sullivan County Community Hospital, please go to www.schosp.com.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Leslie Lentz at 812-268-4311, ext. 2362 or email at leslie.lentz@schosp.com.

UPDATE: MARCH 20, 2020

Sullivan County Community hospital strives to keep our community safe.

Until further notice, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, effective March 23, 2020, Sullivan County Community Hospital will no longer do elective procedures.

Procedures will need a diagnosis that requires urgent care. This diagnosis will be reviewed and discussed with the ordering physician and Chief of Surgery, as needed. Upon review of the diagnosis and comorbidities (co-occurring conditions), the procedure will either be scheduled or placed on a waiting list.

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020

UPDATE-MARCH 16, 2020 

Coronavirus Restrictions As of Monday, March 16, 2020, SCCH officials are severely restricting visitors to the hospital campus in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. Beginning Monday morning at 6:00 AM, NO VISITORS will be permitted at the hospital. One visitor may be considered in the following areas:

  • OB
  • Pediatrics
  • ER
  • Outpatient Rehab
  • Outpatient Surgery

In end of life situations, two visitors will be allowed per patient.  A patient who is directly admitted to the hospital may have one visitor present during the admission process only. All visitors must pass a health screen each day. State and local health officials stressed that anyone with symptoms should call their doctor or hospital before seeking care. Advanced notice allows our providers to prepare for the patient’s arrival, reducing exposure to staff and other patients. Sullivan County Community Hospital: 812-268-4311. Anyone with questions or concerns should call the Indiana State Department of Health coronavirus hotline at 317-233-7125. For more information, go to CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/ and the ISDH website https://www.in.gov/isdh/.   ### If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Leslie Lentz at 812-268-4311, ext. 2362 or email at leslie.lentz@schosp.com.

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