Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

PCH Restrictions

Pocahontas Community Hospital is committed to the health & safety of our patients & staff. Influenza activity remains high in Pocahontas & surrounding areas as well as the increasing risk of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

To protect our patients and staff, PCH will be implementing the following restrictions effective immediately. These restrictions will remain in place until April 30, 2020 at which time they will be re-evaluated.

Visitors:

· Only immediate family members will be allowed to visit patients. This will be limited to only four (4) family members within the hospital at one time.  Additionally, children 18 years old or younger will be limited to 30 minutes of visiting time within the hospital.

· Anyone experiencing influenza like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, or chills should refrain from visiting patients

· Persons accompanying outpatients to their visits at Pocahontas Community Hospital will be asked to adhere to the same restrictions as visitors.  If the caretaker who must accompany someone to their OP visit has any symptoms, they should ask for a mask at the registration desk and perform hand hygiene while assisting their loved one during their visit.

Pocahontas Community Hospital Based Events:

· All community based events that are not healthcare related will be discontinued

· Hospital related meetings & trainings will be allowed

Travel & Education:

· Hospital related business travel will be limited

    - If the event is available via teleconference or webinar, that is the preferred method of attendance

- Any other travel needs pre-approval with administration

· Students will be allowed as part of their clinical when tied to a professional degree as a requirement for graduation

- Job shadowing, school tours, etc. will be suspended


Screenings at PCH Amid COVID-19

Please remember that all patients, visitors, providers, delivery drivers or anyone else needing to come into our facility will need to stop at a screening station located at the main Hospital entrance or the UnityPoint Clinic entrance to review travel histories, symptoms and have their temperatures checked. All other entrances are locked.

The governor has also mandated employees to be screened before coming to work as well:

Mandatory Employee Health Screening Prior to Work:

• Hospitals, nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, residential care facilities, hospice programs, and assisted living programs must:

(i) Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever or respiratory symptoms, absence or shortness of breath, new or change in cough, or sore throat, (ii) Take the employee’s temperature, and (iii) Take any preventative measures based on that screening to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the facilities.

We know that this can be frustrating but we want you to know we are all in this together. These safety mandates are being followed to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe and healthy. We appreciate your continued cooperation!


Limiting Services

Pocahontas Community Hospital is taking the next step in reducing the spread of COVID-19 by limiting non-essential services and procedures.

These services will include all routine screening procedures and exams, Toenail Clinic, Sleep Studies, Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab, Respiratory Therapy, Wound Clinic, Surgery and all services related to our Rehab Department.

These departments will be reviewing every patient that they currently are working with or have scheduled to determine if their procedure or services can be delayed or postponed without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient.

The decision to limit non-essential procedures in these areas was made to conserve the use of PPE in non-essential procedures and to also keep high risk patients whose procedures could be delayed from traveling outside of their homes for reasons that were not important to their overall health.

This process will be in place until further notice. 

Many of our Oupatient Clinic Providers have temporarily suspended their satellite clinics  due to COVID-19. If you have 
an upcoming appointment with one of our Outpatient Clinics and you haven’t been contact by them about your appointment please call them directly to discuss your appointment.


Homemade Masks

We have had many generous people in our county reach out to us about making homemade masks.

UnityPoint has provided us with a pattern that they have approved, it can be found in the link below.

Mask Pattern

Look for more information soon on a collection site. If you have any questions, contact Amanda Tendal at: (712) 335-5200 ext. 2244.


Consider Donating Personal Protective Equipment to Assist in COVID-19 Response

Businesses and organizations are urged to donate personal protective equipment or PPE. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging Iowa businesses and organizations to donate extra personal protective equipment to assist health care providers and health care facilities responding to COVID-19.

This an unprecedented public health disaster, and stocks of personal protective equipment for health care providers are being used rapidly. Organizations that have extra PPE supplies that aren't immediately needed should consider donating them to help those on the front line of this disease.

Any type of health care PPE will be welcomed, especially gloves, gowns, eye protection, and masks. Local public health and local emergency management officials can work to address needs locally and beyond.

To donate PPE, please contact: James Roetman at (712) 335-5224.


Service Update

Pocahontas Community Hospital is aware of the Governor's announcement today that healthcare facilities can begin the process of resuming elective surgeries and procedures on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Our hospital will begin the process of putting our policies in place related to this news next week and will begin offering certain elective and non-emergent procedures and surgeries starting the week of Monday, May 4, 2020.

We look forward to getting closer to our normal operations in the very near future. Thanks for your continued patience and support.


May 4, 2020 Service Update

As of Monday, May 4, 2020 Pocahontas Community Hospital will begin to resume some outpatient procedures and services. We recommend all patients wear their own mask from home when coming to our facility.  We are limiting accompanying guests to a maximum of one (1) per patient and only if necessary.  The guest should also bring their own mask if possible.

We will continue to follow COVID-19 practices of screening at the door and practicing social distancing in all areas including waiting rooms.

If you have an appointment in May with someone in our Specialty Clinic please call that office to make sure your appointment is still on as scheduled.

If you have any questions related to this post, please feel free to call us at: (712) 335-3501.


Masks at PCH

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in the continued effort to keep our patients, visitors and staff as healthy as possible, Pocahontas Community Hospital will begin requiring masks for all individuals within the facility. 

We are asking that patients and visitors please bring a mask with you when you come to the hospital.  If you do not have access to a mask, please let the employee who is working at the front door know that.  We have a limited supply that can be made available to the public.

We are also welcoming more donated cloth masks at this time. Thank you to all who have donated masks to us already. We appreciate your continued patience as we continue to meet the needs of COVID-19 together.