Regarding COVID-19

South Central Regional Medical Center will use this website to provide current and accurate updates regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Any local updates regarding Coronavirus for the region, will be provided through this website.

In compliance with Governor Tate Reeve’s Executive Order 1463 and based on the increasing incidence of Coronavirus, effective immediately and until further notice, SCRMC will implement a revised visitor policy for the hospital.

The revised visitor policy includes:

  • Adult patients are not permitted to have visitors except in certain circumstances, which are included below.
  • Pediatric patients are permitted to have only one adult visitor, but the visitor must be a parent, guardian or approved caregiver.
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Posted October 13 2020

Revised Patient Visitation Policy Begins Monday, October 19th

Revised Policy Allows Expanded Patient Visitation at South Central Regional Medical Center

South Central Regional Medical Center announced today that patient visitation has been expanded to allow more individuals to visit patients hospitalized at the facility. Beginning Monday, October 19th at 6 a.m., patients hospitalized on a medical/surgical floor who do not require isolation are allowed to have guests throughout visitation hours, however, only one guest will be allowed in a patient room at a time. Visitation hours will remain from 6 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., 7 days a week, with the exception of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) which will have its final visitation period at 6 p.m. each day.

According to Beth Endom, Chief Nursing Officer at South Central Regional Medical Center, “We know limited patient visitation during the pandemic has been difficult on patients, their friends and their family members. Our hearts have gone out to those we have cared for during this time. Patient and staff safety has always been top priority at South Central Regional Medical Center. We review the guidelines provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC daily and expanding patient visitation is within these guidelines.”

Other patient visitation changes, Endom said, will allow two support persons to be with the patient in the Labor and Delivery Unit, however, only one person at a time will be allowed in the patient room. The other support person will have the opportunity to wait in a nearby waiting room.

“Two visitors will be allowed per patient visitation period in the ICU, however, they will be allowed to visit the patient one at a time,” Endom said. This will allow a maximum of 8 ICU patient visitors a day which doubles the number of visitors currently allowed to visit ICU patients,” she said. Visitation hours for ICU will continue to be 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., 7 days a week. Visitation will be limited to 20 minutes per time period.

All individuals entering the hospital will continue to be required to wear a mask and will be evaluated at the screening station located directly inside the front lobby of the medical center before being allowed access to the hospital. Patient visitation within the hospital will continue to be limited to those 18 years of age or older. Special consideration will be made for end-of-life circumstances.

No visitors will be allowed for patients who are in isolation. Patients who require full time assistance or care will be allowed to have one caretaker in the room with the patient at all times. This determination will be made during hospital admission.

Patients having surgical procedures and diagnostic tests are allowed one person to join them when entering the hospital. Their guest must remain in the surgery/diagnostic waiting room throughout the patient stay.

Sherry Brewer, Vice President of Clinical and Emergency Services, said, “Our Emergency Department continues to be a safe place to receive care. We have multiple processes in place to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe.” All individuals entering the South Central Emergency Department are required to wear a mask and be evaluated at a screening station located directly inside the front door of the facility where their temperature will be taken.

The patient visitation policy in South Central’s Emergency Department will not change. All patients who are treated in the facility will continue to be allowed to have one person with them during their Emergency Department stay. No visitors under the age of 18 are allowed in the Emergency Department. Special consideration will be made for end-of-life circumstances.

Publicado 13 octubre 2020

Revised Patient Visitation Policy Begins Monday, October 19th

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Posted June 19 2020

New Policy Allows Limited Patient Visitation at South Central

New Policy Allows Limited Patient Visitation at South Central

New Patient Visitation Policy Begins Monday

Beth Endom, Chief Nursing Officer at South Central Regional Medical Center said today, the hospital has made revisions to its hospital visitation policy and the changes will go into effect Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6 a.m. Patient visitation within the hospital will continue to be limited to those 18 years of age or older. Patient visitation is from 6 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the Intensive Care Unit, which will have its final visitation at 6 p.m.

As a result of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), hospitals across the country placed their hospitals on lock down to visitors in early to mid-March due to COVID-19. Physicians and hospital staff say keeping families away from their loved ones who have been hospitalized has been among the most difficult experience of their professional careers.

“We know it has been a very difficult time for our patients, their family members and friends over the last few months. Our hearts go out to them. It has also been a difficult time for our clinical team who has served as caregivers, counselors and family when our patient’s family members could not be there by their side,” Endom said.

According to Endom, restrictions on hospital visitation have eased, and hospitals are revising their visitation policies to allow limited access to patient visitors. “We look forward to having visitors back in the hospital next week. We know how important it is to have a friend or family member close by when you are having a surgical procedure or are hospitalized. Our new policy outlines the number of visitors allowed by area.”

Sherry Brewer, Vice President of Clinical and Emergency Services, who oversees the hospital’s Emergency Department, said, “Like hospitals, Emergency Departments have also been on lock down to visitors since March and we look forward to having visitors back in our facility beginning Monday. We sincerely appreciate the community support we have received throughout the last few weeks, and we will continue to do everything possible to provide each patient the level of service and care they have come to expect,” she concluded.

NEW HOSPITAL PATIENT VISITATION POLICY

Age Restrictions for Hospital Visitation

Individuals under the age of 18 are not allowed to visit patients at South Central Regional Medical at this time. Special consideration will be made for end-of-life circumstances.

Other Requirements

All individuals entering the hospital will be required to wear a mask and check in at the screening station located directly inside the main front entrance of the medical center.  Temperature checks will be taken prior to the visitor entering the facility.

First West, Second West, Obstetrics/Gynecology Unit, Pediatric Unit

All patients on First West, Second West, the Obstetrics/Gynecology/Pediatric Unit, will be allowed one visitor in the patient room at a time. One visitor swap will be allowed during patient visitation hours which allows a maximum of two patient visitors a day. Hospital visitation hours are from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The screening desk located in the front lobby of the medical center will coordinate the visitation of 2 guests per day during visitation hours. One visitor may stay with the patient over-night in the patient room. All visitors must check in at the nursing station on the unit when entering the patient care unit. Visitors must also stop by the nursing station when leaving the patient room.

Labor and Delivery

One support person will be allowed to be with a patient in the Labor and Delivery Unit throughout delivery.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Visitation hours for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) will be 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., 7 days a week. Visitation per time period will be limited to 20 minutes. One visitor will be allowed per visitation time period. This will allow a maximum for 4 ICU patient visitors a day, however, only one can visit at a time.

Visitors will be allowed to visit at the bedside of patients who are not on isolation. Family members of patients who are on isolation will view the patient through the glass exterior of the room and will be provided a complete update regarding the patient at the time of their visit. There will be no overnight visitors in the ICU waiting room.

Third West

Third West is designated as the hospital’s isolation unit. No patient visitation will be allowed on Third West except for end-of-life circumstances. Patients who require full time assistance or care will be allowed to have one care taker in the room with the patient at all times. This determination will be made during hospital admission.

Patients Having Procedures & Diagnostic Tests

Patients having surgical procedures and diagnostic tests (Radiology, Wound Care, Cath Lab, Colonoscopy, Laboratory Services, etc.) are allowed one person to join them when entering the hospital. The individual joining them must remain in the surgery/diagnostic waiting room throughout the patient stay. Cafeteria services will not be available to outpatient visitors.

Cafeteria/Food Services Only Provided For Inpatient Visitors

The South Central Cafeteria will be open only for those visiting patients who are hospitalized at South Central. Patient visitors may also call the hospital room service line from the patient room and order a meal by providing payment by debit card or credit card at the time of purchase. They may also pay cash for the meal when the food tray is delivered. The meal will be delivered directly to the patient room. This service is not provided to those who visit patients in the hospital ICU.

The cafeteria hours for inpatient visitors will be Monday through Friday during the following times: 6:30 until 10 a.m.; 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Weekend hours will be 6:30 until 10 a.m.; and 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Packages Dropped Off at the Front Entrance

Previously, due to patient visitation not being allowed, family members and friends were required to drop off patient belongings/items/packages at the screening station in the front lobby of the hospital for delivery to patient rooms. Patient visitation is now allowed and this service will no longer be provided. Visitors will provide patient belongings/items/packages for patients during their hospital stay. Special consideration will be made for patients on isolation who cannot have visitors.

NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT VISITATION POLICY

All patients who are treated in the South Central Emergency Department will be allowed to have one person with them during their Emergency Department stay. No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in the Emergency Department. Special consideration will be made for end-of-life circumstances. All individuals entering the South Central Emergency Department will be required to wear a mask and check in at the screening station located directly inside the front door of the Emergency Department where their temperature will be taken.

Publicado 19 junio 2020

New Policy Allows Limited Patient Visitation at South Central

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Posted May 29 2020

Cases of Covid-19 on the Rise | Residents Encouraged to Follow Guidelines

Cases of Covid-19 on the Rise

Residents Encouraged to Follow Guidelines

W. Mark Horne, MD
Chief Quality Officer
SCRMC

Mark Horne MD, Chief Medical Officer at South Central Regional Medical Center, said, “Jones County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. A major contributing factor is likely poor compliance with public safety guidelines established by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At this point, we all know the recommendations for wearing of masks, social distancing and limiting unnecessary public activity. It appears many believe that since they do not know someone with COVID-19 or because they are in a low risk group, the guidelines do not apply to them. Unfortunately, those who have had COVID-19 and those who care for these patients know all too well how serious this virus is. Another contributing factor to the increase in cases is due to more individuals being tested.”

“Statistics prove that communities following the social distancing guidelines, wearing masks, and gathering in small groups outdoors instead of indoors, have seen a reduction of individuals impacted by disease. We will only see a reduction in cases if we all work together to reduce the spread of infection. It is up to each individual member of our community,” Dr. Horne said.

Dr. Horne continued by stating, “It is important to stay active, get some fresh air and keep the body and mind active and healthy. If you have a medical need, call the clinic of your healthcare provider. Do not delay care. South Central Clinics are receiving hundreds of calls daily and we are providing the care our patients need. By delaying needed care, medical conditions can worsen and some can become life threatening.”

Jeremy Rogers, DO
Emergency Medicine
SCRMC

Jeremy Rogers, DO, Medical Director of Emergency Services at South Central Regional Medical Center, said, “For 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, South Central Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department has been here to care for the community. Unfortunately, we have seen patients who have delayed necessary care. People who have experienced chest pain or signs of a heart attack, and have gone several days without care are causing permanent damage to their body. There is a ‘golden hour’ in medicine and on many different disease entities this means the sooner we are able to provide care, the better the outcome for the patient. Even during this pandemic, we have continued to care for patients arriving at our emergency department with heart attacks, strokes, major traumatic injuries, minor injuries and minor complaints. We are here to reassure our community that you do not have to be afraid of catching COVID-19 while you are in our treatment areas. We are thoroughly trained to protect individuals during this time.”

“The health of our community is extremely important to us,” Dr. Rogers said. “All facilities within the South Central health system are following safety guidelines to protect patients and staff. To ensure the safety of both patients and healthcare workers, we are evaluating people at the entrance doors of our facilities. Before they even enter, we are screening for symptoms of Coronavirus. If there is a concern that a patient may be exhibiting any kind of symptoms of COVID-19, they will go to a separate area. Taking care of patients is what we do best. Let us care for you.”

Publicado 29 mayo 2020

Cases of Covid-19 on the Rise | Residents Encouraged to Follow Guidelines

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