Schneck Begins Initial Phase of Return to Normal Operations
April 22, 2020

On April 20, Governor Holcomb provided guidance that healthcare facilities with sufficient personal protective equipment, staff, and necessary supplies to treat COVID-19 patients are now able to conduct medically necessary procedures.
Based on the governor’s guidance, Schneck announced it is beginning the initial phase of returning to normal operations for medical center inpatient and outpatient care as well as visits to its physician practices. The initial phase will include elective surgical procedures, outpatient services and physician practice visits for low-risk patients.
“We will take all protective measures to keep patients safe.  All staff providing direct patient care will wear masks and googles and patients will be asked to wear a face covering as well.  This is the new normal in healthcare and is intended to protect both patients and staff” said Dr. Eric Fish, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “We recognize there may be some anxiety for some patients when they come to our facility.  Our main objective is to keep patients safe while in our care. 
Schneck will contact patients to reschedule their appointments and procedures. Schneck physician practices will continue to provide telehealth services to those who choose to stay home. Patients interested in scheduling a telehealth visit, should contact their physician’s office.
“The health of our communities is paramount, and Schneck is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, team members, physicians and communities with enhanced infection control and patient safety protocols,” said Warren Forgey, President and Chief Executive Officer. 
Schneck will maintain strict infection prevention and COVID-19 precautions based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health. Social distancing guidelines will be followed in all departments and physician practices; and, per CDC guidelines, all patients and visitors should wear a face covering and will be required to undergo a health screening before entering the facility.
Current no visitor restrictions will also continue. The only exceptions to these restrictions include:
  • Mothers in labor—one labor partner
  • Pediatric patients—one caregiver
  • Surgery patients with sedation—one transportation escort
  • Emergency department—one companion
  • End-of-life patients—limited visitors, as determined by the nursing supervisor
  • Schneck outpatient departments, physician practices, and Urgent Care—one companion
“As we have done for over 100 years, we will continue to provide the highest quality of care to those we serve,” said Forgey. “Thank you to all of the members of our communities for your continued support and for entrusting Schneck with your healthcare as we move forward together.”
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