Parrish Medical Center’s Alternate Care Site (ACS) has been established.
It is 40 x 60 feet in size, air conditioned and equipped with computers
and supplies. PMC’s ACS can be quickly converted into a medical
treatment site to allow for expanded bed capacity and patient care as needed.
“Currently, PMC’s ACS is being used as a centralized−clearance
station before anyone is granted access into the hospital. This is necessary
to protect the health and wellbeing of our health care professionals (care
partners), and the patients in our care,” said Natalie Sellers,
Vice President, Communications, Community & Corporate Services.
When reporting for duty, employees and physicians are being cleared using
the CDC recommended non-diagnostic screening questions and their temperatures
are taken before being granted access into the hospital. The ACS is not
a COVID-19 testing site.
Non-urgent patients who are seeking care in the ER are also screened within
the ACS before entering the ER lobby using the same CDC recommended screening
questions and having a temperature check. Patients with flu-like symptoms
or with a fever are given a mask to wear before entering.
Urgent or emergent patients do not go through the ACS. They are immediately
taken into the ER for care and screening is conducted per CDC guidelines.
“These, and our new visitor restrictions, are necessary safety precautions
to keep our hospital environment a safe and healing environment for everyone,”