SageWest Phased Reopening Announcement – New Screening Process

As we continue to respond to COVID-19, your health and well-being are our number one priority. We want to reassure you that it is safe to come to the hospital should you need care. With safety as our priority, on May 11th, SageWest will begin a phased reopening process for both campuses. This will begin with selected elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures. SageWest CEO John Ferrelli and Board of Trustees Chair Mike Bailey provide a summary of safety protocols.

SageWest Health Care Resume Elective and Non-Urgent Surgeries and Procedures

The process to resume procedures will be gradual, taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of patients, employees

Fremont County, Wyo. (May 7, 2020) – SageWest Health Care announced today that it is taking the appropriate steps to safely resume some elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures that were previously rescheduled out of an abundance of caution amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision to reschedule procedures when clinically appropriate was made in accordance with federal and state guidance and aimed to help preserve critical resources.

“Resuming these important services is an essential component of meeting our community’s health needs and advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said John Ferrelli, Chief Executive Officer of SageWest Health Care. “As this work gradually gets underway in our hospital again, we remain committed to conserving critical supplies, being vigilant in our fight against COVID-19, and ensuring that our facility is a safe place for all patients, providers, and employees.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, SageWest has continued to carefully follow guidance from federal, state, and local officials, monitor the prevalence of the virus in the community and evaluate supplies and resources – including personal protective equipment like masks, gowns, gloves, and goggles.

The decisions about which procedures can safely move forward will be made only after assessing a comprehensive pre-operative checklist and evaluating potential risks. The hospital will initially focus on scheduling patients with more time-sensitive health needs, and those decisions will be made in partnership with the attending physician/surgeon/proceduralist. Patients who are scheduled and approved for procedures must meet specific requirements, including passing standard COVID-19 screenings. Surgical patients also will be asked to practice “safer at home” behaviors for seven days prior to their procedure to minimize potential exposure; check their temperature twice a day during this 7-day period and report temperatures over 100°F to their provider; and undergo testing for COVID-19.

Patients awaiting information about their previously postponed procedure can expect to hear from their provider or provider’s office to discuss rescheduling at the appropriate time.

SageWest Health Care will continue to screen and mask everyone who enters the facility and maintain a zero-visitor protocol for the foreseeable future. These important measures have had a positive impact on ensuring a safe environment, and they also are aligned with the federal government’s guidelines. Additionally, the facility has implemented new processes and procedures to further protect the health of patients, providers, and employees.

As a reminder, if you are having a medical emergency, you should call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Room. If possible, tell the dispatch agent if your emergency involves COVID-19 symptoms.

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As we continue to respond to COVID-19, your health and well-being are our number one priority. We want to reassure you that it is safe to come to the hospital should you need care. With safety as our priority, on May 11th, SageWest will begin a phased reopening process for both campuses. This will begin with selected elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures. SageWest CEO John Ferrelli and Board of Trustees Chair Mike Bailey provide a summary of safety protocols.

SageWest Health Care Resume Elective and Non-Urgent Surgeries and Procedures

The process to resume procedures will be gradual, taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of patients, employees

Fremont County, Wyo. (May 7, 2020) – SageWest Health Care announced today that it is taking the appropriate steps to safely resume some elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures that were previously rescheduled out of an abundance of caution amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision to reschedule procedures when clinically appropriate was made in accordance with federal and state guidance and aimed to help preserve critical resources.

“Resuming these important services is an essential component of meeting our community’s health needs and advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said John Ferrelli, Chief Executive Officer of SageWest Health Care. “As this work gradually gets underway in our hospital again, we remain committed to conserving critical supplies, being vigilant in our fight against COVID-19, and ensuring that our facility is a safe place for all patients, providers, and employees.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, SageWest has continued to carefully follow guidance from federal, state, and local officials, monitor the prevalence of the virus in the community and evaluate supplies and resources – including personal protective equipment like masks, gowns, gloves, and goggles.

The decisions about which procedures can safely move forward will be made only after assessing a comprehensive pre-operative checklist and evaluating potential risks. The hospital will initially focus on scheduling patients with more time-sensitive health needs, and those decisions will be made in partnership with the attending physician/surgeon/proceduralist. Patients who are scheduled and approved for procedures must meet specific requirements, including passing standard COVID-19 screenings. Surgical patients also will be asked to practice “safer at home” behaviors for seven days prior to their procedure to minimize potential exposure; check their temperature twice a day during this 7-day period and report temperatures over 100°F to their provider; and undergo testing for COVID-19.

Patients awaiting information about their previously postponed procedure can expect to hear from their provider or provider’s office to discuss rescheduling at the appropriate time.

SageWest Health Care will continue to screen and mask everyone who enters the facility and maintain a zero-visitor protocol for the foreseeable future. These important measures have had a positive impact on ensuring a safe environment, and they also are aligned with the federal government’s guidelines. Additionally, the facility has implemented new processes and procedures to further protect the health of patients, providers, and employees.

As a reminder, if you are having a medical emergency, you should call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Room. If possible, tell the dispatch agent if your emergency involves COVID-19 symptoms.