ELKINS — Valley Health Care locations in both Mill Creek and Elkins are offering triage services outside the buildings to sick patients to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
Jordan Godwin, CEO of Valley Health Care, spoke with The Inter-Mountain about the organization’s current plans to treat everyone as safely and efficiently as possible.
“What we just started this past Monday is triaging for symptoms before entering our health centers,” Godwin said. “We also have isolation clinics in both Mill Creek and our Elkins Valley Health Care centers… We can send folks to be evaluated for treatment or tested if they meet the criteria for what’s going on.”
Godwin also stated that Valley Health Care has asked incoming patients to “call in if they’re not sure and we (can) try to triage over the phone first.”
Doors to both facilities are staffed with nurses and triage teams to check temperatures, ask relevant questions and then refer patients to the appropriate place.
“A drive-through (clinic) is on our list to implement, possibly, but we felt this isolation clinic was the first necessary step because we wanted to make sure everyone could be treated,” Godwin said.
“We’re doing everything in our power that we have control over to make sure that we are available to help serve our community to the best of our ability,” Godwin noted. “That means trying to have services, even though it might be different than normal, so that people aren’t left stranded.”
“I want the community and Randolph County and the greater area to know that we’re doing everything that Valley Health Care can to keep our employees safe and our patients safe and treat those who need treatment in the proper way,” he said. “That’s the most important message I can give right now. There’s a lot of uncertainty out there about this. It’s new, it’s relatively worldwide and it’s in our country so I think that we should continue down the path of being available and protecting everyone we can.”
Look for updates from local medical facilities in future editions of The Inter-Mountain.
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