A Letter for Harrison County Hospital Patients

Dear Harrison County Hospital Patient,

On behalf of the entire HCH Staff, we sincerely hope you are doing well and staying safe during this nation?wide Covid?19 Public Health Emergency. Although we have continued to provide traditional urgent and emergent hospital services, the unpredictable characteristics of this virus has led to temporary suspensions of some elective services and various process changes to help safeguard our patients, staff, and community. Like many hospitals, we have implemented health status screening protocols for everyone that enters an HCH facility, have limited visitors, and have established appropriate infection control measures including the use of masks and proper physical distancing. We greatly appreciate the understanding and compliance from our community in order to reduce the spread of this
Covid?19 virus!

As we look to the future, and further develop protocols to best care for our patients, we realize that patient care delivery may look different for a while. Through this, a principle objective is to assure our patients feel safe should they need to visit the hospital or a physician office for clinical services. Please know that we are taking the appropriate safety measures to ensure that your healthcare visit is conducted in an efficient and effective manner. Even through these most difficult times, we remain true to our mission of providing quality healthcare services to you!

If you should experience any of the following symptoms prior to visiting the hospital for your test or procedure, please contact your physician before you come.

o Fever
o Cough
o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
o Chills
o Repeated shaking with chills
o Muscle pain
o Headache
o Sore throat
o New loss of taste or smell

We are asking all patients and visitors to wear a mask upon entrance to the hospital. This can be a homemade mask, cloth face covering, or medical grade mask that you may have. We appreciate all cooperation as we work to keep patients, visitors and staff safe. If you do not have a mask or face covering, one will be provided to you as you enter the hospital.

Temporary visitation guidelines are still in place. For more information you can visit our website, www.hchin.org/covid?19.

Stay Well,

Steven L. Taylor